Access to Information

Katiba Institute regularly makes use of Article 35 of the Constitution on Access to Information and the Access to Information Act, 2016, to give effect to the constitutional principles of transparency, accountability and freedom of expression. It has been shown that transparency in government activities minimizes incidences of illegalities and corruption and empowers the public to hold their government to account. Notable Access to Information requests include:

Appointment of Members of Boards of State Corporations and Agencies; Judicial Service Commission recruitment of Chief Justice and Deputy CJ, EACC Report on Mileage Claims by MPs, the construction of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport – Westlands expressway, the status of gazettement of the Kilifi Maternal Newborn and Child Health Act, 2016; and the resources used for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI). Sometimes the information obtained has been used in litigation; if adequate response to the request is not received we will usually appeal to the Commission on Administrative Justice or go to court.


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