At a standstill
In his first speech on assuming the presidency almost two years ago, President Mokgweetsi Masisi declared his intention to fight corruption in the country.
Although there have been efforts, including the introduction of Declaration of Assets and Liabilities Bill, which has since been signed into law, the country has shown little progress in the latest Corruption Perception Index (CPI).
The annual study is conducted by Transparency International, a world renowned non-government organisation committed to stamping out corruption across the globe.
The CPI scores 180 countries across the world, rating them from a score of zero to 100, with 100 being ‘very clean’ and zero declared ‘highly corrupt’.
It rates the countries by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and business people.
For the third year in a row, Botswana scored 61. The score was enough to rank the country as the 34th least corrupt out of the 180 rated.
According to the report published this week, the CPI 2019 indicates that a number of countries are showing little to no improvement in tackling corruption.