- Almost eight in 10 Batswana (79%) say that at least “some” officials in the president’s office are corrupt, including fully half (50%) who believe that “most” or “all” of them are involved in corruption (Figure 1). Only 6% see no corruption in the Presidency.
- The perception that at least “some” officials in the president’s office are corrupt is more widespread among younger citizens (up to 87% of 26- to 35-year-olds), more educated respondents (89% of those with post-secondary qualifications), men (84%), and urban residents (83%) than among their various counterparts (Figure 2).
- The perception that “some,” “most,” or “all” officials in the president’s office are involved in corruption has increased by 18 percentage points since 2012 (Figure 3).
More than three-fourths of Batswana believe that at least some officials in the president’s office are involved in corruption, a recent Afrobarometer survey indicates.
Despite Botswana’s standing as one of the least corrupt countries in Africa, citizens’ perceptions of corruption in the president’s office are at their highest level of the past decade.
The view that the president and his officials are involved in corruption is especially common among men, urban dwellers, youth, and the more educated.