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Access To Information Center

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?

Parliament Passed The Law Because Of The Following Main Reasons:

  1. To facilitate (make it easier) for Kenyans to enjoy the right to access to information that is provided by the Constitution

  2. To create a way for public (government) and private institutions to provide information when requested

  3. To make it easier to get information from private bodies especially where the information will assist in the protection or enjoyment of other rights

  4. To encourage public and private institutions to regularly provide information about their work

  5. To protect people who in good faith provide information in public interest (whistleblowers)

  6. To create a way for educating wananchi about the right to information

  7. To give the Commission on Administrative Justice powers to ensure this law is followed

Below are the contact details of the Access to Information Officer;

Dan M. Karomo| Director Corporate Services/Access to Information Officer
Commission on Administrative Justice | Office of the Ombudsman
2nd Floor, West End Towers, Waiyaki Way - Westlands
T:+254 20 2270000 | M: +254 721 487057
P. O. Box 20414 - 00200 Nairobi, Kenya
Email; info@ombudsman.go.ke

Access To Information Law

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CALL FOR COMMENTS ON THE DRAFT NATIONAL ACCESS TO INFORMATION POLICY - OCT 2023
Draft National Access To Information Policy - Public Participation
ATI REGULATIONS 2021 -FOR PUBLIC PARTICIPATION 25-05-2021_0

Court Decisions

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Miscellaneous Civil paplication no E021 of 2022
Judgment-ELRC Misc 140 of 2019

Determinations

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040.2 - Kelin order
012.4 - John-Allan Order

Publications

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CITATION FRAMEWORK 2023
MODEL LAW FOR COUNTIES ON ACCESS TO INFORMATION- FEB 2020
ATI REGULATIONS 2021 -FOR PUBLIC PARTICIPATION 25-05-2021
Handbook on best Practices
Proactive Guide
Simplified ATI Handbook
MEDIA_HANDBOOK