'Flawed' Botswana still democracy model

Despite its ‘flawed status’, Botswana has made slight improvement in the EIU’s Democracy Index PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG
Despite its ‘flawed status’, Botswana has made slight improvement in the EIU’s Democracy Index PIC: PHATSIMO KAPENG

Despite Botswana being labelled a “flawed democracy” by the Economist Intelligence Unit's (EIU) 2021 Democracy Index, the country continues to receive accolades as the model of democracy in Africa.

This was relayed by different speakers this week during the international summit on Constitutionalism and Democratic Consolidation in Africa held in Gaborone.

The three-day summit, which started Wednesday and ends today, was co-hosted by the government of Botswana and the National Democratic Institute (NDI). Flawed democracies are nations where elections are fair and free and basic civil liberties are respected but may have issues like media freedom infringement, problems in governance, an underdeveloped political culture and low levels of political participation.

Editor's Comment
A step in the right direction

That is indeed a welcome development, especially looking at the fact that the manual way of doing things is slowly disappearing and competency in the use of computers and other digital gadgets has become a must.The simple way of looking at it is just an example that almost all companies have gone completely digital and school leavers will be better placed after leaving school, because they will already be familiar with the use of computers.The...

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