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Transparency International: Botswana least corrupt …But public sector corruption on the rise

Publishing Date : 08 December, 2014

Author : TIRO DIEPO


Although Botswana continues to be ranked amongst the moderately clean governments in the world, the recently released Corruption Perceptions Index report by Transparency International indicates that Botswana’s corruption has increased over the past three years.


The report ranks Botswana in position 31 out of 174 countries and territories with a total score of 63 points out of the possible 100 points. Cyprus, Portugal and Puerto Rico share the same points with Botswana and are also ranked in position 31.


In the 2012 Corruption Perceptions Index report, Botswana scored 65 points and it was ranked in position 30 while in 2013 there was a decline to 64 points while it maintained its position. This year the country registered yet another drop to 63 points and also dropped in ranking to position 31.


According to the Transparency International, Corruption Perceptions Index ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be. A country or territory’s score indicates the perceived level of public sector corruption on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).


Based on expert opinion from around the world, the Corruption Perceptions Index measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption worldwide. This year's index included 175 countries and territories.


Although the Botswana government has always maintained its commitment in fighting corruption, some top government officials have been marred by controversy over corruption allegations. Some observers and political actors argue that corruption in Botswana is institutionalized hence corruption fighting bodies such as the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) are not independent and incapacitated.


According to Transparency International, corruption is a problem for all countries. A poor score is likely a sign of widespread bribery, lack of punishment for corruption and public institutions that don’t respond to citizens’ needs.


“Countries at the bottom need to adopt radical anti-corruption measures in favor of their people. Countries at the top of the index should make sure they don’t export corrupt practices to underdeveloped countries,” advises José Ugaz, the Chair of Transparency International


The report ranks Denmark in position one with 92 points score out of 100 while Somalia comes at the bottom position with a total score of 8 out of a possible 100 points.

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