By Dorica Mtenje

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Malawi Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has demanded clarification from the Ministry of Information on reports of spy machines used by government to monitor citizens in country.

PAC chairperson Shadric Namalomba said on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 as the Ministry officials appeared before the Committee.

This comes amid public outcry following revelations that government is spying on citizen in the country which is a threat to the right to privacy found in the constitution of the Malawi.

Journalist Displaying placards calling people to support press freedom

Namalomba said PAC is not satisfied government machinery that is infringing Access to Information (ATI) act implemented by government.

He added that every citizen has the right to privacy and government should address the general public on issues surrounding ATI infringement and claims on the use of spying machines.

Director of Information, Chikumbutso Mtumodzi said the accusations are not true but merely hearsays from a few citizens.

This comes after numerous arrests of citizens in the country followed by recent protests by Journalists against State agents’ spying on journalists and other social media users.

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