African Journal of
Political Science and International Relations

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pol. Sci. Int. Relat.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0832
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPSIR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 384

Full Length Research Paper

Political trust in Botswana’s executive presidency: The Khama era

Batlang Seabo
  • Batlang Seabo
  • Department of Political and Administrative Studies, University of Botswana, Botswana.
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Wilford Molefe
  • Wilford Molefe
  • Department of Statistics, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Botswana, Botswana.
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Mpho Molomo
  • Mpho Molomo
  • Department of Political and Administrative Studies, University of Botswana, Botswana.
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  •  Received: 03 November 2017
  •  Accepted: 08 August 2018
  •  Published: 31 August 2018

Abstract

This article examines political trust in the institution of the presidency. It focuses on the Khama era and aims to find out the underlying motivations to trust the president. Using the Afrobarometer surveys, the paper finds that Batswana are more likely to distrust the president if they perceive high levels of corruption, poor government performance and are dissatisfied with democracy. Partisanship is important in trust for president and the most significant finding is that supporters of the Botswana Democratic Party have lost confidence in the president.

 

Key words: Botswana, political trust, institutions, presidency, attitudes.