AIPPA provisions
Section 8(1) Time limits to process i. Requests for information must be
dealt with within a reasonable
i. This section states that requests
amount of time.
for information must be given
ii. Delays in finalising requests for
not later than 30 days of
information must be
receiving the request for
communicated to the applicant.
ii. In terms of Section 11, this
period may be extended by
another 30 days with the
permission of the Zimbabwe
Media Commission.
iii. This means in practice
information requests can be
dealt with for up to 60 days

Section 12 Transfer of Request:
No issues arise
i. The head of a public body may
transfer a received information
request to another public entity
better positioned to respond to
a request for information.
ii. This transfer has to happen
within 10 days and the entity
that the request for information
is transferred to has to respond
to the request within 30 days of
receiving it

FOI Bill proposed provisions
i. Section 8(1) states that requests
for general information must be
finalised within 21 days of
receiving the information
ii. This period may be extended by
an additional 14 days in terms of
Section 9 of the Bill. This means
that in theory information
requests can be finalised after 35
iii. Section 8(2) states that requests
for information that is necessary
to safeguard the liberty or life of
a person, such information has
to be released within 48 hours of
making the request.
iv. The information officer will hold
on to the requested information
until full payment of the charged
assistance fees.
i. The Bill is silent on this ability to
transfer requests from one
entity to another.
ii. In its current form, this means an
applicant who submits a request
for information at a wrong or
less relevant entity would have
to resubmit their information
request at the correct entity on
his or her own.

The reduction in the processing
times for requests from 60 days
under AIPPA to 35 days under
the current Bill is welcome.
ii. There is need to work on the
issue of “Deemed Refusals” set
out in Section 10 of the Bill.
iii. Deemed refusals refer to
instances when an information
officer does not give any
response to a request for
information after the lapse of 21
days or 35 days in instances
where such information officer
requests an extension of time.
iv. A mechanism must be put in
place to ensure that even in
instances of deemed refusals
reasons for the refusals are

i. There should be a maximum time
limit within which requests are
transferred from one entity to
another. This provision might have
been erroneously excluded from
the final version of the gazetted
ii. It is recommended that the
gazetted Bill also adds a provision
information requests from one
entity to another.


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