BY THOBO MOTLHOKA
The office of the Clerk of the National Assembly this past week evicted the family of slain Kgatleng East Member of Parliament Isaac ‘Fokon Bastard’ Davids from the Parliamentary Flats.
In an apparent move to save face and avoid being caught out for breaking the law, the National Assembly Clerk this month played delaying tactics when contacted by the Sunday Standard to explain why the taxpayer was still footing the accommodation bill for the late Botswana Democratic Party (BDP) legislator’s family more than a year since his passing.
Instead of providing answers sought by the Sunday Standard the Clerk moved swiftly to evict the Davids family from the Members of Parliament official residence.
“The family of the late Honourable Isaac Davids has vacated the Parliamentary flat this March, 2019,” reads the belated response.
“After the passing of the Member of Parliament, the family requested to continue occupying the flat for the months of March, April, and May 2018, and the request was acceded to.”
A member’s family is allowed to occupy the official residence for up to a month after a member ceases to hold office.
“If a request for extension is received, it is assessed on its merit and a decision is taken,” the Clerk explains.
The family had remained in the flat for a year and two months following Davids’ death in January 2018. The Chairman of the Parliamentary Members Rights, Interests, and Privileges Committee Haskins Nkaigwa was also lost for words as to how the family were still occupying the flat in 2019.
“Our committee had given them three months to stay, on compassionate grounds, until the children finished school,” Nkaigwa has said. “I thought they would have long vacated the flats by now.”
Nkaigwa says it was not the decision of the committee to extend the family’s stay beyond three months.
Fokon Bastard, as he was otherwise known, was stabbed with what the police described as a sharp instrument after an apparent heated argument with his two heard boys. The case involving the two suspects, a 31 year old Zimbabwean and a 32 year old Motswana from Ramotswa is currently at the magistrate’s court.
The incident happened at David’s cattle-post in Shorulatholo near Letlhakeng in the Kweneng West District.
The family of the late Umbrella for Democratic Change (UDC) and Tlokweng Member of Parliament Same Bathobakae vacated the flats immediately following her passing, the Clerk has said. Bathobakae passed on in November 2016.