Lawyer calls for repeal of AIPPA

The Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) contravenes Zimbabwe’s new constitution and must be repealed, says a Mutare-based legal practitioner and member of the Misa-Zimbabwe Media Lawyers Network.

A resident going through newspapers in the kiosk. INSERT: Information Kiosk in Sakubva, Mutare.
A resident going through newspapers in the kiosk. INSERT: Information Kiosk in Sakubva, Mutare.

Speaking at the recent launch of the Sakubva information kiosk in Mutare, which follows similar Misa projects in Gweru, Gwanda, Kariba and Masvingo, David Tandire said Aippa violated citizens’ right to access to information.

“AIPPA should be struck down. Most of its provisions are in breach of the new constitution. New legislation should be enacted to give effect to this right (to access to information).”

Section 62 (4) of the new constitution stipulates that laws must recognise people’s right to information, with restrictions permissible only to protect defence, public security or professional confidentiality.

Tandire called on the media to promote good governance and public accountability through information dissemination.

AIPPA was enacted in January 2002 ahead of the March presidential election. It was the brainchild of Jonathan Moyo, bounced back as information minister after the 2013 elections.

The Misa-Zimbabwe Director, Nhlanhla Ngwenya, said the booths aimed to boost access to information among low income communities who could not afford to buy newspapers.

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