For unknown reasons, the Auditor General has scanned and uploaded his own reports as pdfs that exclusively contain pictures showing the pages. This means that our eyes can read them, but a computer can’t do it with the standard software. We have changed this situation by OCR-reading (Optical Character Recognition) and re-uploading all the reports … Continue reading “Search within Auditor General Reports”
Parliament and the County assemblies are required under Section 39 of the Public Audit Act to make public within seven days all Auditor General’s Reports after they are tabled in national and county assemblies respectively. The Auditor General (OAG) has to comply with part 2 and 3 of section 39 of Public Audit Act by … Continue reading “Access to Information Laws not obeyed by Parliament and Auditor General”
We have seen an upsurge in information policy after the new commissioners of the Kenyan IEBC took office. Since January 2017, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has published 11 press releases and a number of other news – along with data that was useful and worth analyzing. To see what this data is good … Continue reading “IEBC Information Policy – better, but not perfect”
The Kenyan Access to Information Act of 2016 (pdf) was enacted on September 21st, 2016. This is the Act as downloaded from kenyalaw.org on Sep 30, 2016: Arrangement of Sections PART I — PRELIMINARY 1.Short title 2.Interpretation 3.Object and purpose of the Act PART II — RIGHT TO INFORMATION 4.Right to information 5.Disclosure of information … Continue reading “Access to Information Act”
There are some specific legal rules for access to information as well as publishing and publicising reports. We will add them here over time. Recently the Public Audit Act and the Controller of Budget Act have added obligations for the Auditor General and the Controller of Budget to publish their reports within a short period … Continue reading “Access to Information at some Institutions”
Access to Information is the right of every citizen of Kenya under Section 35 of the Constitution. The Access to Information Act provides more rules for this to facilitate the access. And there are additional rules in special laws about government entities. The provisions in the constitution should guarantee that every citizen has the right … Continue reading “General Rules – Access to Information”
Access to public information is easy in theory. But in reality it is a dragging process. And sometimes impossible. This is just one case of many: Kisumu county at the beginning of May 2016 provides a sobering experience, even though the County is one of the rare cases where the County Assembly has prepared (but … Continue reading “The Reality of Information Denial”
The County Governments Act is a key document about institutions and their functions in the Kenyan counties.