- During the session of explaining how access to information website will work
Local authorities are indispensible in the promotion of Freedom of Information in Rwanda, and it’s in this regards that ODESUDI presented its access to information website www.sobanukirwa.rw to the management and staff members of RALGA which is the Rwanda Association of Local Government Authorities. It works on promoting an efficient, effective, transparent and accountable local government in Rwanda.
The Deputy Secretary General Mr. Yves Bernard Ningabire welcomed the project and commended ODESUDI’s efforts in promoting access to information in Rwanda.
Mr. Jean Bosco RUSHINGABIGWI Senior Communication Officer at RALGA expressed his concerns on the level of awareness of information officers on the Law to avoid penalties as the in case the public decides to file cases to those that may not comply in giving out information and yet in principle ignorance of the law is not an excuse.
Mr. Karanganwa Fredrick Hendrick the head of program at ODESUDI emphasized the need to train and create awareness among public information officers in local authorities in order to enhance compliance with the access to information Laws. He said that this system will be accompanied by establishing of a hotline and massaging facility to allow even those with no internet to be able to file access to information requests through ODESUDI.
He farther said that ODESUDI will need support from all stakeholders in promoting FOI in Rwanda and the support of RALGA in this case is of paramount importance.
The Deputy Director was very impressed by this innovation and efforts in advancing access to information in Rwanda and promised his support to ODESUDI in terms of creating awareness to local authorities.
Mr. Stephen Abbott Pugh a team member of sobanukirwa explained more about the open government website on how it is very easy to monitor compliance through following information request to public information officers.
With this momentum ODESUDI believes that Rwanda will soon become a model in the implementation of FOI in Rwanda. This is not a walk over, it requires support from various partners and stakeholders.
Read the training report and the concept note on SobanukirwaWebsite