Botswana sinks to worst-ever corruption rating

Masisi PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG
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Perception of corruption in Botswana has risen over the past 10 years with the country recently receiving its worst score in Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index since it began participating in the rankings in 2012.

The latest Index for 2021, released this week, places Botswana 45 out of 180 countries worldwide with a score of 55 across the various indicators researchers use in their study. By comparison, Botswana was ranked 35 out of 180 countries in 2020 with a score of 60.

Botswana has generally topped the rankings in Africa, being lauded as the continent’s least corrupt, but the latest Transparency International report notes that perceptions have been deteriorating. In the 2021 edition of the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), Botswana ranked third in sub-Saharan Africa after Seychelles and Cabo Verde and far ahead of its regional neighbours.

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