The Consumer Protection section also has mandate to implement the Access to information Act within the Authority. Access to information has become a right under the Bill of rights. This is expressly provided for under Article 35 of the Kenya Constitution. Further, for the greater clarity and due annotation, Parliament enacted the access to information Act, 2016 pursuant to the said Article 35.
Access to Information Act 2016
Objects of the Act:
- Give effect to the right to access to information by citizens as provided under Article 35 of the Constitution;
- Provide a framework for public entities and private bodies to proactively disclose information they hold and facilitate access to information on request;
- Promote principles relating to accountability, transparency, public participation and access to information.
- Confer on the Commission on Administrative Justice with oversight, enforcement functions and powers.
- The Access to Information Act, 2016 provides citizens access to information held by the state and private bodies in two ways:-
- Public entities and certain private bodies are obligated to proactively disclose information about their functions and duties;
- Entitles members of the public to request for information from public entities and private bodies.
Why Access to Information
- Public authorities spend money collected from taxpayers, and make decisions that can significantly affect many people’s lives.
- Access to information helps the public make public authorities accountable for their actions and allows public debate to be better informed and more productive
- Unnecessary secrecy in government leads to arrogance in governance and defective decision-making.
- Ensuring disclosure of and access to information can empower people and institutions to prevent and fight corruption
All requests for information should be addressed to:
- The Director General,
Kenya Civil Aviation Authority,
P O Box 30163 00100,
- Email: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org