Botswana Communication Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) on Friday held a workshop with stakeholders to discuss the Electronic Records (Evidence) Act. The law, which was passed by Parliament, will now mandate BOCRA with the issuing certificate for documents which were transferred into electronic format.
BOCRA Chief Executive Officer, Thari Pheko said his organization has been mandated with insuring its designs compliance criteria for the process of issuing certificate to maintain the integrity of documents which were converted from their original form to electronic form.
BOCRA Deputy Chief Executive Officer Tshoganetso Kepaletswe said today, electronic documents can be edited and manipulated hence it is important that in the event that authenticity is needed there is a legalised process which is put in place to do that.
BOCRA will appoint agents who will perform the task of authenticating the integrity of documents during transfer using the compliance criteria. According to the ACT, this will done mainly for the purpose of helping the courts to prove that indeed the evidence presented in electronic form which has been changed from in original form is a true representation of the original document.
The Act carries heavy penalties for any person who makes a false representation in the certification process, with the culpable person facing a fine of P5 000. BOCRA through its agents will be given powers to issue a qualified certificate in accordance with the conditions or to refuse to certify the process.
The ACT will also have a close look into the use of the digital signatures to authenticate if an electronic document or record has been modified or not. BOCRA will authenticate the signatures bearing in the nature and risk of the electronic documents or records it is being applied to.
BOCRA will offer four types of certificate depending on their findings; unqualified- which proves that the certifying authority is satisfied that the electronic documents met all compliance, unqualified- with notes which means the certifying authority is satisfied but with comments for consideration, qualified- which means the authority is satisfied that the electronic have met criteria except in some specific areas that may affect the integrity of the document, qualified with serious constraints, which states areas of non-compliance, abstained- which means the certifying authority was unable to verify that the compliance criteria have been met and would not test the integrity of the electronic records.
While there is no hard-and-fast rule in politics, former Molepolole North Member of Parliament, Mohamed Khan says populism acts in the body politic have forced him to quit active partisan politics. He brands this ancient ascription of politics as fake and says it lowers the moral compass of the society.
Khan who finally tasted political victory in the 2014 elections after numerous failed attempts, has decided to leave the ‘dirty game’, and on his way out he characteristically lashed at the current political leaders; including his own party president, Advocate Duma Boko. “I arrived at this decision because I have noticed that there are no genuine politics and politicians. The current leaders, Boko and President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi are fake politicians who are just practicing populist politics to feed their egos,” he said.
Former Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) parliamentary hopeful, Lawrence Ookeditse has rejected the idea of taking up a crucial role in the Botswana Patriotic Front (BPF) Central Committee following his arrival in the party this week. According to sources close to development, BPF power brokers are coaxing Ookeditse to take up the secretary general position, left vacant by death of Roseline Panzirah-Matshome in November 2020.
Ookeditse’s arrival at BPF is projected to cause conflicts, as some believe they are being overlooked, in favour of a new arrival. The former ruling party strategist has however ruled out the possibility of serving in the party central committee as secretary general, and committed that he will turn down the overture if availed to him by party leadership.
Ookeditse, nevertheless, has indicated that if offered another opportunity to serve in a different capacity, he will gladly accept. “I still need to learn the party, how it functions and all its structures; I must be guided, but given any responsibility I will serve the party as long as it is not the SG position.”
“I joined the BPF with a clear conscious, to further advance my voice and the interests of the constituents of Nata/Gweta which I believe the BDP is no longer capable to execute.” Ookeditse speaks of abject poverty in his constituency and prevalent unemployment among the youth, issues he hopes his new home will prioritise.
He dismissed further allegations that he resigned from the BDP because he was not rewarded for his efforts towards the 2019 general elections. After losing in the BDP primaries in 2018, Ookeditse said, he was offered a job in government but declined to take the post due to his political ambitions. Ookeditse stated that he rejected the offer because, working for government clashed with his political journey.
He insists there are many activists who are more deserving than him; he could have chosen to take up the opportunity that was before him but his conscious for the entire populace’s wellbeing held him back. Ookeditse said there many people in the party who also contributed towards party success, asserting that he only left the BDP because he was concerned about the greater good of the majority not individualism purposes.
According to observers, Ookeditse has been enticed by the prospects of contesting Nata/Gweta constituency in the 2024 general election, following the party’s impressive performance in the last general elections. Nata/Gweta which is a traditional BDP stronghold saw its numbers shrinking to a margin of 1568. BDP represented by Polson Majaga garnered 4754, while BPF which had fielded Joe Linga received 3186 with UDC coming a distant with 1442 votes.
There are reports that Linga will pave way for Ookeditse to contest the constituency in 2024 and the latter is upbeat about the prospects of being elected to parliament. Despite Ookeditse dismissing reports that he is eying the secretary general position, insiders argue that the position will be availed to him nevertheless.
Alternative favourite for the position is Vuyo Notha who is the party Deputy Secretary General. Notha has since assumed duties of the secretariat office on the interim basis. BPF politburo is expected to meet on 25th of January 2020, where the vacancy will be filled.
Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) big wigs have decided to cancel a retreat with the party legislators this weekend owing to increasing numbers of Covid-19 cases. The meeting was billed for this weekend at a place that was to be confirmed, however a communique from the party this past Tuesday reversed the highly anticipated meeting.
“We received a communication this week that the meeting will not go as planned because of rapid spread of Covid-19,” one member of the party Central Committee confirmed to this publication. The gathering was to follow the first of its kind held late last year at party Treasurer Satar Dada’s place.