Citizens Perception on the Fairness of Rule of Law in Botswana and Tanzania and Its Implication for Good Governance

Mogopodi H. Lekorwe, Cliford J. Ringo


Under democratic government, rule of law is one of the important and primary aspects which every citizen would expect to be upheld. Democracy cherishes rule of law and this should be seen to prevail in all facets of the government as well as private sector. This paper analyzes the findings obtained by Afrobarometer in 2011-2012. Comparative analysis of the way Batswana and Tanzanians perceive operation of the rule of law by their governments shows divergent views. Whilst Batswana strongly affirms their government to treat people equitably under the law, Tanzanians perceive their government to operate inequitably as far as justice dispensation is concerned. The paper explores this dichotomy and gives probable explanations to this ramification and its implications for good governance. It also suggests the way the situation can be improved.

Keywords: Rule of law, good governance, democracy, Botswana, Tanzania.

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