Does the public trust the institutions of defence and security to tackle the issue of bribery and corruption in their establishments?
Botswana score: NS/100
The public view the defence establishment as entirely indifferent to corruption within it, or as clearly corrupt, without the political will to tackle the problem.
The public view is that bribery and corruption are not, according to official rhetoric, acceptable to the defence establishment, but there is a widely-held belief that this is just that: rhetoric, and not seriously intended.
The public view is that bribery and corruption, though not acceptable to the defence establishment, is insufficiently addressed by the measures in place to tackle the problem.
This indicator is not scored. Please discuss conditions in the country context related to good practice (Score 4).
The public view is that there is a clear commitment from the defence establishment that bribery and corruption are not acceptable and must be prosecuted, and that their efforts to tackle the problem are sincere and effective.
This indicator is not assigned a score in the GDI. The history of allegations of corruption in the Defence Sector appears to have created a sense of anxiety within the public. Despite the reported cases of corruption in the media, the government has been reluctant to hold those who were accused accountable [1,2]. Further, there is a perception that due to nepotism in the Defence Forces, it will be difficult for cases of corruption in the Defence Sector to be dealt with, especially those that involve procurement . The trust to fight corruption is generally declining over time. It has been noted that the time for using euphemistic language is over; we need not equivocate and tell the truth as it is . The Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP), which is under the Attorney General’s Chambers, is perceived not to be independent and appears susceptible to influence from the executive principals [2,3]. The DCEC has investigated lawyers, politicians, Directors of Government, Permanent Secretaries, Chief Executives Officers (CEO) of parastatals and Corporate Executives in the private sector. What has happened was that dockets are sent to the DPP and in some cases, the DPP refuses to prosecute .
 Sunday Standard “Corruption rattles BDF Command, June 24, 2018, https://www.sundaystandard.info/corruption-claims-rattle-bdf-command/.
 UNODC Country Review Report of the Republic of Botswana June 2019, available at https://www.unodc.org/documents/treaties/UNCAC/CountryVisitFinalReports/2019_06_03_Botswana_Final_Country_Report.pdf. Parliament of
 Botswana “Parliamentary Committees” Date Unknown, available at https://www.parliament.gov.bw/index.php/parliamentary-business/parliamentary-committees.
 “Transparency International red flags Botswana for Defence Corruption.” Sunday Standard, May 16, 2016 https://www.sundaystandard.info/transparency-international-red-flags-botswana-for-defence-corruption/.
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