Isaac Davids is no more

  • At once cantankerous and affable, the thin blade of a knife allegedly ended the life of the broad slab of a man that Davids was last Sunday


One of Mochudi’s rambunctious citizens, Isaac Davids, has died allegedly at the hands of his herdboys who attacked him with a knife at noon on Sunday.

Davids, who was the MP for Mochudi East, returned to the headlines recently when he defected to the Botswana Democratic Party from the Umbrella for Democratic Change

Better-known by his tell-all nickname of ‘Fokon Bastard,’ police say Davids met his end at Sorilatholo between Salajwe and Letlhakeng in the Kweneng District.

According to Assistant Superintendent Dipheko Motube of the Public Relations Department of Botswana Police Service (BPS), Davids died in a nasty confrontation with two of his herdboys, 0ne a Motswana, the other a Zimbabwean national.

Davids was an avid farmer and a successful businessman.

But even though his knack for business brought him material success and eminence in his community, it would also bring him anguish and strife in the most recent times of his life.

He recently lost one of the grandest and most expensive residences that the Botswana Housing Cooperation (BHC) ever built. The multi-bedroomed, double garage house was snapped up by creditors in the middle of last year. His alleged financial troubles are also believed to have precipitated his defection from the opposition UDC to the ruling BDP.

The Global Post visited his flat at Parliamentary Village before sundown last Sunday. A security guard at the gate, clearly stunned by news of David’s gruesome death, told this reporter that some of deceased’s family members were still in the residence.

Davids, who could be improbably cantankerous and affable, was a perennial political nomad. He was once an MP under the BDP after winning the constituency in the 1999 general elections. He jumped ship in 2012 and joined the Botswana Movement for Democracy (BMD), a liberal formation that was created mainly by erstwhile BDP members.

However, within a short space of time, Davids would jump ship again, this time to join the Botswana National Front (BNF) while the party was in discussions with the BMD and other opposition forces that resulted in formation of the opposition coalition that is the UDC.

As a prelude to his last political defection, Davids broke ranks with his fellow opposition party leaders when he accompanied their most eminent opponent, President Ian Khama, on a state visit to Sweden last year.

This was in spite of his party’s position that stood firmly against the procurement of fighter jets by the Botswana Defence Force (BDF) from Swedish arms manufacturers that the trip was about.

Davids was also a polarising figure in Kgatleng. Besides his well-publicised marital strife, he was also frequently in the tabloids feuding with siblings in disagreements over livestock and other property.

In the aftermath of his death, BDP secretary general Mpho Balopi has described Davids as a long serving servant of the people of Kgatleng. “His passing is an immeasurable loss to the party and our nation,” said Balopi.

However, in the dearth of news that accompanied the announcement, members of the public were quick to speculate on social media that the strong-willed Davids must have been mistreating his workers.

Indeed, one went as far as to post that the departed Davids had a penchant for abusing his workers.

The unbridled social media commentator alleged further that the late MP once went 10 months without paying a relative who worked for him at his farm in Charleshill.

The user swore that Charleshill and Mochudi police were aware of the matter. “He kicked him in the crotch and never bothered to take him to hospital,” the user wrote. “He was without food or water until he had to formulate a plan to come home (to Mochudi).”