Parliament has been urged to increase its budget on law awareness programmes to improve citizens’ participation in the law-making process.

19 of the 24 people who attended the first public hearing of the Freedom of Information Bill were journalists, all of whom were more interested in getting a story than giving input.

Following the debate that its predecessor, the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) raised, such apathy was worrisome for the portfolio committee.

Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Chairman Hon Prince Dubeko Sibanda said more resources must be allocated towards raising awareness on the bill.

The Freedom of Information Bill which is meant to repeal AIPPA was presented by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in his legislative agenda.

The Bill will give effect to Section 62 of the Constitution which guarantees the right of access to information.