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52% say corrupt worsened in last 12 months

At least 52 percent of the population in Botswana is of the view that corruption in the country has increased alarmingly in the last 12 months although the country continues to be ranked among the least corrupt nations in Africa.

The latest research by Transparency International and Afrobarometer in 35 African countries shows that an estimated 52 percent of the people in Botswana are unhappy with the level of corruption in public institutions. However, in the same survey, Botswana was ranked as the third least corrupt country in Africa with the level of corruption at seven percent, which is an indication that the government was committed in its fight against corrupt actions.   

“52 per cent think corruption increased in the previous 12 months – seven percent of public service users paid a bribe in the previous 12 months – 42 percent think their government is doing a bad job of tackling corruption – 62 percent think that ordinary citizens can make a difference in the fight against corruption,” the report noted. But in the survey Botswana went on to fare-well in dealing with corruption at the national compared with other African countries surveyed whose economies are in turmoil due to high level corrupt acts.

“By comparison, in Botswana, only 1 per cent of citizens who came into contact with health centres or clinics paid a bribe, followed by Mauritius (two percent) and Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) (three percent),” the reports said. At least 62 percent of the respondents in Botswana said they were ready and willing to take action in fighting fraud and corruption despite fears of retaliation and inaction from those involved in graft.

“A majority of citizens in Lesotho, Mauritius, Cabo Verde, Botswana, Eswatini and Gambia think reporting corruption can lead to change (55 per cent or more). However, this falls to less than one-third in Liberia, Guinea, Nigeria, Togo, Gabon and Namibia, where people are far less confident that any action would be taken (less than 33 per cent),” the survey noted.

The reported added: “Reporting mechanisms can act as important deterrents for public officials who may otherwise decide to engage in corruption. However, if victims fear retaliation if they use such mechanisms or think they will be ineffective, the mechanisms will not be used.”
The survey also suggested that whistle-blower reporting channels in all countries had to be safe and secure, providing confidentiality and anonymity to reporters while the complaints must be properly investigated, with perpetrators held to account.

In overall, the poll showed that the majority of the citizens surveyed in the 35 African countries are of the view that corruption is getting worse and their government is doing a poor job of fighting it. The tenth edition of the barometer is the largest and most detailed survey of citizens’ views on bribery and other forms of corruption in Africa.  The report highlights how corruption disproportionately affects the poorest citizens, who have to pay bribes twice as much as the rich citizens to access essential public service such as health, education and public assistance.

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BDP decides Balopi’s fate

22nd November 2021
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The Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) Central Committee (CC) meeting, chaired by President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi late last month, resolved that the party’s next Secretary-General (SG) should be a full-time employee based at Tsholetsa House and not active in politics.

The resolution by the CC, which Masisi proposed, is viewed as a ploy to deflate the incumbent, Mpho Balopi’s political ambitions and send him into political obscurity. The two have not been on good terms since the 2019 elections, and the fallout has been widening despite attempts to reconcile them. In essence, the BDP says that Balopi, who is currently a Member of Parliament, Minister of Employment, Labour Productivity and Skills Development, and a businessman, is overwhelmed by the role.

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BDF-Namibians shootings autopsy report revealed

22nd November 2021
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The Botswana Defence Force (BDF)-Namibians fatal shooting tragedy Inquest has revealed through autopsy report that the BDF carried over 800 bullets for the mission, 32 of which were discharged towards the targets, and 19 of which hit the targets.

This would mean that 13 bullets missed the targets-in what would be a 60 percent precision rate for the BDF operation target shooting. The Autopsy report shows that Martin Nchindo was shot with five (4) bullets, Ernst Nchindo five (5) bullets, Tommy Nchindo five (5) bullets and Sinvula Munyeme five (5) bullets. From the seven (7) BDF soldiers that left the BDF camp in two boats, four (4) fired the shots that killed the Namibians.

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Gov’t confused over Moitoi’s UN job application

22nd November 2021
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The former Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi’s decision to apply for the positions of United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and their deputies (DSRSG), has left the government confused over whether to lend her support or not, WeekendPost has established.

Moitoi’s application follows the Secretary-General’s launch of the third edition of the Global Call for Heads and Deputy Heads of United Nations Field Missions, which aims to expand the pool of candidates for the positions of SRSG) and their deputies to advance gender parity and geographical diversity at the most senior leadership level in the field. These mission leadership positions are graded at the Under-Secretary-General and Assistant Secretary-General levels.

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