The Commission has called on stakeholders to play their part to ensure implementation of the Access to Information Act, 2016 is a success. “Public bodies, the private sector, and more importantly the citizens must play their respective roles,” said Commission Chairperson Hon. Florence Kajuju. She was speaking during a workshop on the implementation of the access to information law organised by Katiba Institute in Nairobi. Hon. Kajuju further said the Commission was open to partnerships from individuals and institution committed to the implementation of the law.
The right of access to information is enshrined in the Constitution of Kenya, 2010 and is considered a facilitative right as it enables citizens to demand their rights from an informed position. The Access to Information Act, which provides a framework for institutions to proactively disclose information and for citizens to access information held by the State, mandates the Commission to enforce and oversee its implementation. The Commission has since handled 81 applications for review of decisions made by public and private entities with regard to requests for information and correction of personal data.