13 March 2019

Botswana Ranking Up

Ramotswa — The 2019 World Justice Project (WJP) Rule of Law Index has ranked Botswana 44 out of 126 countries worldwide.

Speaking at Otse Police College on March 12, President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi said the ranking signified an overall improvement by four positions.

"This ranking is commendable as all stakeholders responsible for ensuring the rule of law, the police included, have contributed to this overall achievement," he said.

Dr Masisi said among the factors measured with relevance to the police were order and security, criminal justice, absence of corruption and fundamental rights.

Of the four factors, order and security, ranked lowest at 66 out while criminal justice ranked highest at 34.

He said it was therefore incumbent upon members of the police service and other relevant stakeholders, to make concerted efforts towards improving Botswana's ranking on order and security.

Meanwhile the President has commended Botswana Police Service for immensely contributing towards the country's peace and stability.

Dr Masisi said Botswana continued to be the envy of many nations due to its economic, social and political stability.

"I would like to remind you that our success is anchored on the rule of law, which we should, as a nation, continue to uphold and jealously protect in order to safeguard our democracy," he said.

He encouraged the police to ensure no one was above the law and that all laws were respected by everyone. Dr Masisi reminded police officers that as agents of state they were obliged to observe even off duty.

The President noted with concern increasing incidents of sophisticated crimes such as human trafficking, money laundering, drug trafficking and cyber crime, which he said called for enhanced policing skills and techniques,

To that end, he said, government would continue to do its best to support the police service alongside other law enforcement agencies.

For his part, Minister of Defence, Justice and Security Mr Shaw Kgathi, said the aim was for the police to be a law enforcement agency of repute which was achievable only through discipline.

He commended the college for providing quality training to in-service and new officers, which had contributed to the reduction of crime in the country.

He acknowledged that police had done more with less and worked under difficult circumstances. Minister Kgathi mentioned that the police pay structure had been reviewed.

Police commissioner Mr Keabetswe Makgophe expressed appreciation for the President's visit saying since his ascension to the presidency, Dr Masisi had shown keen support for the police.

President Masisi toured among other facilities, the Intentional Law Enforcement Academy, clinic, laboratories and library.

Source : BOPA

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