Africa: Lesotho’s first lady Maesaiah Thabane in court for murdering husband’s ex-wife just 2 days before inauguration

According to local reports, the Prime Minister and his first wife were negotiating their divorce before she was shot dead. Less than three months after her death, he married the suspected killer Maesaiah Thaban

The first lady of Lesotho, Maesaiah Thabane, has been charged with murdering her husband’s former wife Lipolelo Thabane just two days before Prime Minister Thomas Thabane‘s inauguration in June 2017.

An arrest warrant for the first lady was issued the day she fled the country after she refused to report to police for questioning in connection with the murder of prime minister Thomas Thabane's former wife, Lipolelo ( AFP via Getty )
An arrest warrant for the first lady was issued the day she fled the country after she refused to report to police for questioning in connection with the murder of prime minister Thomas Thabane’s former wife, Lipolelo ( AFP via Getty )

Lipolelo Thabane was shot dead outside her home in the capital Maseru as her estranged husband was preparing to be sworn into office 48 hours later.

According to local reports, the Prime Minister and his first wife were negotiating their divorce before she was shot dead. Less than three months after her death, he married the suspected killer Maesaiah Thabane.

The shocking crime has gripped the tiny mountainous kingdom surrounded entirely by South Africa.

Maesaiah Thabane, 42, was remanded in custody after the murder charge was read to her on Wednesday. In addition, she was charged with the attempted murder of a second woman who was with the former first lady the night she was killed.

Reports said the 80-year-old Prime Minister announced last month he would respect the wishes of the ruling party and would resign from office at a date yet to be announced.

According to reports, the first lady became a prime suspect after she failed to appear for questioning in January in connection to Lipolelo Thabane’s killing.

She later turned herself in on Tuesday morning at a police station close to the border with South Africa.

Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
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