What is the Access to Information Act (ATI)?

This is a law that was passed by the Parliament of Kenya in September 2016, to make it easier for wananchi to access (get, receive, reach) information.

Information is Power! - According to Article 35 of the Constitution, it is a right for all citizens to be able to receive any information that makes it possible for them to enjoy or protect their rights.

Why did Parliament pass this Law?

  1. Parliament passed the law because of the following main reasons:
  2. To facilitate (make it easier) for Kenyans to enjoy the right to access to information that is provided by the Constitution
  3. To create a way for public (government) and private institutions to provide information when requested
  4. To make it easier to get information from private bodies especially where the information will assist in the protection or enjoyment of other rights
  5. To encourage public and private institutions to regularly provide information about their work
  6. To protect people who in good faith provide information in public interest (whistleblowers)
  7. To create a way for educating wananchi about the right to information
  8. To give the Commission on Administrative Justice powers to ensure this law is followed

 NB: Find Access To Information (ATI) Act, CAJ's ATI Implementation, Regulations and Guidelines here

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