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President, Peter Mutharika has signed all bills that were passed in parliament expect the Acces To Information bill and in the meantime parliament has given him 14 days to sign the ATI bill into a law.

Speaking in an interview Parliament spokesperson, Leanard Mengezi said that the bill was sent to the President last week and he has almost 14 days left to sign it into a law.

“The bill was sent late compared to other bills that have been ascented. The ATI bill was being amended at Judiciary as parliament proposed, so as of now it is in the hands of the President and we believe by the end of these two weeks he will make his stand known on the matter as the first seven days have already gone,” he said.

Mengezi added that the Judiciary has already done a great job and now it is up to the President to give Malawians the freedom to access information or make them wait longer.

Recently, President Mutharika was warned that failure to ascent to the Access to Information bill might lead to his impeachment as stipulated in the constitution of the country.

Chancellor College associate Law proffessor, Edge Kanyongoro said that the President had two chances to ascent to the bill or face the wrath of the constitution.

“Every bill that has been passed by parliament the President can only refuse to ascent to it once.

“What happens is that if he is not okay with the bill then he sends it back to parliament for amendments then after that parliament sends it back to the President and at this time he has no choice but to sign it into a law.

“If he is still reluctant to sign then parliament has the power to impeach him because as per the contiturion any unconstitutional behaviour by the President is tantamount to impeachment,” he added.

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