Lesotho’s first lady Maesiah Thabane charged with killing PM’s former wife

Lesotho’s first lady,Maesiah Thabane has been charged with murder in connection with the 2017 killing of prime minister Thomas Thabane’s former wife, Lipolelo Thabane.

Deputy Commissioner of Police Mokete Paseka said Maesaiah Thabane, 42, would spend the night in custody and will be taken to court after the director of public prosecutions prepares the chargesheet.

Maesiah Thabane, who fled the country on January 10 after being summoned as part of an investigation, returned on Tuesday afternoon and turned herself in for questioning over the brutal killing. Police said she had been hiding in South Africa.

Deputy police commissioner Paseka Mokete said that there was a ‘strong case’ against the first lady and that investigations had been ‘satisfactorily completed’.

Thomas Thabane, 80, married his current wife two months after Lipolelo’s death.

Prime Minister Thomas Thabane and his estranged wife were involved in bitter divorce proceedings when she was gunned down outside her home in June 2017.

The murder of 58-year-old Lipolelo Thabane sent shockwaves through the tiny mountain kingdom, which is ringed by South Africa and has a long history of political turmoil

The prime minister Thomas Thabane last month announced he was planning to step down after the governing party considered him no longer fit to lead.


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