Botswana corruption score drops

The fight for justice and the fight against corruption go hand in hand PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
The fight for justice and the fight against corruption go hand in hand PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

Once high flying Botswana in corruption ratings, the country finds it hard to rise in the Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI). Botswana has scored 59/100 and is ranked 39th/180 countries in the 2023 Index.

In 2012, the country scored 65 and has never been able to beat that, rather dwindling to as low as 55/100 in 2021.

Botswana would improve by five scores to 60/100 in 2022 only to drop by a single score in 2023. According to a report released on Tuesday, there has been a global decline in justice and the rule of law since 2016. The report states that the rise of authoritarianism in some countries contributes to this trend, and even in democratic contexts, the mechanisms that keep governments in check have weakened. “Governments across the political spectrum have undermined justice systems, restricted civic freedoms and relied on non-democratic strategies to address recent challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

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