Who we are
What we do
Our aims and objectives
We are the Information Commission
The Commission is a self-governing, neutral and independent body and is not subject to the direction or control of any person or authority. It is a corporate body with perpetual succession and a common seal capable of suing and being sued in its name.
We foster good governance through enhancing transparency, accountability, integrity in public service and administration, participation of persons in public affairs, including
exposing corruption, to recognize the right to access to information envisaged in Article 28 of the Constitution and for matters connected therewith and incidental thereto.
We have the power to determine the nature, process and undertakings necessary to discharge its mandate in terms, as per Act and including all work necessary for the promotion, monitoring and protection of the right of access to information.
Access to information
The Information Commission strives to promote awareness, educate and popularise the right to access to information.
The Commission fosters good governance by enhancing transparency, accountability and integrity in the Public Service and Administration.
Monitoring and protection
The Commission aims to enforce the promotion, monitoring and protection of the right of access to information.
In accordance to the Access to information Act, 2018, section 7 (1) the head of every public body shall, in consultation with the Minister responsible for that public body, designate a suitable officer of that body as Information Officer for the purposes of this Act.
Subject to the Access to Information Act, 2018 everybody has a right to access to information from a public body. A person who wishes to obtain access to information under the Access to Information, Act may make a request in writing to the Information Officer to the concerned public body. Writing includes electronic writing. There are certain exclusions which may not be disclosed and these include military secrets and personal information about third parties, but these excluded items are few in number.
All request for accessing information should be done directly to the Information Officer in writing.
Within 21 days after request is submitted, you will be notified of the decision in writing. If the request relates to information, which reasonably appears to be necessary to safeguard the life or liberty of a person, the Information Officer shall within 48 hours after the request is submitted notify you of a decision.
The Head of the Information Holder may, on application review a decision taken by the Information Officer under the Access to Information Act. The requestor may apply for a review of any decision of an Information Officer with the Head of Information Holder.
In the event that the Head of the Information Holder fails to give a decision on a review of your application within 15 days, the requestor may appeal to the Information Commission.
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