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Inside the Presidency-Issue No 20 of 2011
06/12/11

Botswana 1st in Africa in Accountability and the Rule of Law

At the beginning of this week the Mo Ibrahim Foundation released its annual Index of African Governance, which as in previous years ranked Botswana 3rd in Africa in terms of our overall Good Governance, just below the island nations of Mauritius and Cape Verde. Our country was also ranked first on the continent in the sub-categories of Accountability and the Rule of Law.

In sharp contrast to the negative perceptions of some local critics, at 76 Botswana’s overall score in the Ibrahim Index has been stable since the annual survey was first published in 2006, underscoring Government’s consistent commitment to human development and public service delivery, as well as adherence to best practice norms of democracy and the rule of law.

The Ibrahim Index is widely regarded as Africa’s leading assessment of governance. Data for compiling the Index is drawn from 86 indicators grouped into 14 sub-categories and four overarching categories, namely Safety and the Rule of Law, Participation and Human Rights, Sustainable Economic Opportunity and Human Development. Taken together the indicators are designed to measure the effective delivery by Governments of public goods and services to their citizens.

In this respect the Index can be seen as a useful external yardstick of this Administration’s own adherence its guiding “5 D” principles of Democracy, Development, Dignity, Discipline and Delivery.

In the interest of achieving the greatest degree of objectivity, reliability and accountability, the Ibrahim Index is compiled by independent researchers in partnership with an Advisory Council and a Technical Committee that include experts from a wide range of respected African and International institutions, who source their information from 23 aggregated data providers drawing on over 40,000 raw data points.

The latest Index is further reported to have included new indicators in the areas physical and telecommunications infrastructure, gender, health, welfare service provision and economic management.

To ensure grass roots input into its assessments the Ibrahim Foundation is also partnering with Afrobarometer and Global Integrity South Africa in creating a pan-African databank of citizens’ views and voices on a range of governance issues.

The Week that Was

Over the weekend, H.E. the President, Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama, did a walkabout in wards located in the Francistown South constituency. During the tour he reiterated his conviction that it was most unfortunate that some essential service workers had remained on strike after being ordered back to work by the Courts, noting that besides defying lawful authority the said individuals should have considered their responsibilities to their fellow citizens, such as patients in critical care at hospitals and clinics.

On Monday, the President’s schedule included receiving a quarterly brief from the Ministry of Infrastructure, Science and Technology, while most of Tuesday was taken up with reviews of various Ministries and Inter-Ministerial initiatives.

Also on Monday, His Excellency took time to personally bestow the Presidential Order of Meritorious Service on Mr. Roy Blackbeard, for his devotion to duty in service of the nation. Mr. Blackbeard had been out of the country when his award was first announced last month at the 2011 Honours and Awards Ceremony.

Mr. Blackbeard has been our High Commissioner in London since 1998, prior to which he served as the Minister of Agriculture as well as a Member of Parliament.

Following Cabinet, on Wednesday afternoon His Excellency departed for the Nata/Gweta Constituency in order to address a Kgotla meeting at Maposa. This was followed on Thursday by additional meetings Mosetse and Kutamogoree.

Yesterday, His Honour the Vice President, Lt. General Mompati Merafhe, officiated at the Opening of the NDP 9 projects at Botswana College of Agriculture, while today he is scheduled to receive a Courtesy call by the Cuban Ambassador, H.E. Ramon Alonso Medina.

Also today the Minister for Presidential Affairs and Public Administration, Hon. Mokgweetsi Masisi will be addressing Kgotla Meetings at Ralekgetho, in the morning, and Tshwaane, in the afternoon.  

At a Kgotla meeting at the Moshupa Main Kgotla last week, Minister Masisi echoed the President’s Independence Day Message, warning that despite recent economic growth the economy could be negatively affected if major international markets slid back into recession as is currently feared by many observers.

He also reminded resident’s that Government remained committed to overcoming the current budget deficit in order to ensure sustained long term growth, observing that given the small size of the local economy it would be unwise for Botswana to borrow and spend beyond its means as some seemed to advocate.

In his remarks, the Minister further confirmed that he would press for anti-floor crossing legislation for both MPs and Councillors in the next session of Parliament. 

 

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