Speaking about the work of the commission, the Executive Secretary of the Commission Mustapha Braima noted that the act which became a law in 2013 gives provision for each MDA to have a Public Information Officer that will be an agent to supply information to those who may request. He further said that every citizen has the right to request for information from MDAs and that it is incumbent on these institutions to provide the information requested.
The Executive Secretary noted that one big challenge with the promotion of information disclosure is that most Public Information Officers at various MDAs are not familiar with the Act. The relevance of the training according to the Executive Secretary is to enable public information officers to understand their role as information officers and how to go about disclosing information to the public. The training also focuses on the records management by Public Information Officers. It also looks into how to plan and program information disclosure, and what information should be disclosed.
Speaking on the relevance of records management, Commissioner Mary Wuyatta Karimu reminded Public Information officers of the penalties in the Act when they fail to disclose requested information by the public. Commissioner Karimu further advised the trainees to ensure that they disseminate the information received at the training in their regional offices so as to promote freedom of information in the country.
The training also looked into the different provisions in the Act and how public information officers can promote freedom of information in the country and popularize the Act. The training was facilitated by the World Bank.