Zimbabwe

TAI activities have so far centred on the assessment of the access situation in Zimbabwe, which found that it has gone a long way in formulating access laws and policies but that these laws are not being implemented on the ground leading to members of the public being denied access to information by the government, parastatals and local authorities. Follow up activities to test the access laws at work have been carried out including asking public authorities like the City of Harare to release information that they hold. The information that is being sought from the City of Harare includes the following:

• A copy of the city’s licence from the Environmental Management Agency authorising the disposal of effluent and solid waste at the dumpsite in terms of Section 5 (1) of the Environmental Management (Effluent and Solid Waste Disposal) Regulations Statutory Instrument 6 of 2007
• A copy of the City’s Waste Management Plan as required by Section 12 (1) of Statutory Instrument 6 of 2007 above
• A copy of the report pertaining to the designation of the area in question as a dumpsite as required by Section 14 (2) of the same statutory instrument.
The local authority refused to avail the information and the coalition made an application to the High Court of Zimbabwe on 18 February 2008 to compel the City to make the information available and the case is still pending