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BOCRA proposes to review radio regulations at WRC

The world communications community will convene in Geneva, Switzerland, from 2 to 27 November 2015, bringing together the world’s countries to coordinate matters of global telecommunications networks and services.

Botswana Communications Regulatory Authority (BOCRA) held their national preparatory committee meeting in Gaborone to engage stakeholders in their proposed position.  

About 30 Agenda Items on Six chapters will consider a wide range of issues across, including mobile broadband, maritime, aeronautical, satellite and science use of spectrum. BOCRA is mandated to manage frequency spectrum including international harmonization and coordination.

The World Radio Communication (WRC) generally makes two types of Decision; those which are inherently international (affecting satellites or the aeronautical sector); and those where there is some scope left to take decisions at a national level.

However, even in this case, the drive for international harmonisation to support economies of scale, as well as the need to prevent harmful cross-border interference, means that the scope for Botswana to take; independent decisions can be limited.

BOCRA is keen to ensure that the development of Botswana positions for WRC’s takes into account the views and concerns of all stakeholders. They started with a series of Consultative meetings. More engagements are scheduled regularly with stakeholders, both bilaterally and on a multilateral basis. This consultation aims to inform stakeholders of the issues that will be discussed at WRC-15, and the preliminary Botswana position and BOCRA preliminary views on it.

Botswana’s position
There is a need to review, simplify and update the Radio Regulations. In BOCRA’s view, regulatory procedures should be continually assessed in order to meet the demands of administrations. Two issues have been developed;
Support Issue A – Support deletion, modification to RR articles 2.

Issue B – Modification to the titles of some RR Articles for the purpose of better reflecting in the title the scope of these articles.

The band 450 – 470 MHz in Botswana is used by FIXED LM services (rural service provision)  these need to be protected Botswana supports proposed method provided protection of existing services is assured. Botswana should consider its specific needs and propose agenda items for WRC-18.

BOCRA has found the need review, simplify and update the Radio Regulations; regulatory procedures should be continually assessed in order to meet the demands of administrations. Botswana does not have maritime applications; to consider possible spectrum requirements and regulatory actions, including appropriate aeronautical allocations, to support wireless avionics intra-communications (WAIC), in accordance with Resolution 423 (WRC-12).

The WRC-12 approved agenda item 1.17 to conduct sharing and compatibility studies to determine appropriate frequency bands for WAIC systems through Resolution 423 of WRC-12. Frequency bands to be initially reviewed are limited to those which contain allocations to the AM(R)S, AMS and ARNS below 15.7 GHz. Frequency bands above 15.7 GHz can be studied if spectrum requirements cannot be met in frequency bands allocated to the aeronautical services below 15.7 GHz

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Khan: Boko, Masisi are fake politicians

18th January 2021
Masisi & Boko

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.

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Ookeditse rejects lobby for BPF top post

18th January 2021

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.

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BDP cancels MPs retreat

18th January 2021
President Masisi

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.

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