Corruption in Botswana

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The 2010 Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index gave Botswana a corruption perceptions index of 5.8, where 10.0 is the most clean and 0.0 is the most corrupt. Botswana was the 33rd lowest out of 178 countries in terms of how corrupt its public sector was perceived to be.[1] Botswana has the highest score in Africa.[1]

In a survey carried out by Afrobarometer, 32 percent of those polled thought either all or most of the officials in non-local government and those with jobs as civil servants were involved with corruption. [2] 29 percent thought the same of members of parliament. Local government was perceived as less corrupt with 20 percent saying either all or most of the officials in local government were involved with corruption.[2]

When asked if they personally had to bribe a government official to obtain employment, a government payment (such as a pension or a loan), electricity or water, or housing and land, each category had 96 to 97 percent responding they had never bribed a government official. This suggests the experience with corruption of people in Botswana is much lower than that of people living in other countries in Africa.[2]

Corruption in Botswana is primarily investigated by the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crimes (DCEC). Botswana is a member of the Eastern and Southern Anti-Money Laundering Group.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Corruption Perceptions Index 2010 Results". Transparency International. Retrieved 12 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c Lekorwe, Mogopodi; Molomo, Mpho; Molefe, Wilford; Moseki, Kabelo (2001). PUBLIC ATTITUDES TOWARD DEMOCRACY, GOVERNANCE, AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN BOTSWANA (14). Afrobarometer. p. 19. Retrieved July 12, 2011. 
  3. ^ "2011 Investment Climated Statement - Botswana". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 12 July 2011.