Lesotho PM’s wife Maesaiah Thabane faces murder charge

Lesotho’s first lady, Maesaiah Thabane

The wife of the prime minister of Lesotho is due to be charged with killing his previous wife.

Lesotho’s first lady, Maesaiah Thabane./Picture courtesy of social media

Earlier First Lady Maesaiah Thabane handed herself in to be questioned by police in the southern African mountain kingdom.

Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has also been questioned about the murder.

His estranged wife, Lipolelo Thabane, was shot dead outside her home in the capital Maseru two days before his inauguration in 2017.

The couple were involved in bitter divorce proceedings at the time.

The attack was originally blamed on unknown armed men, but recent court papers filed by the country’s police commissioner, Holomo Molibeli, have raised further questions.

A warrant of arrest was issued against the 42-year-old Maesaiah Thabane on 10 January after she disappeared.

She was “picked from the border” with South Africa on Tuesday after an arrangement between her lawyers and police, police spokesman Mpiti Mopeli told AFP news agency.

Police Commissioner Holomo Molibeli told the BBC that she was being held in custody and would be formally charged in court on Wednesday.

Eight others in Lesotho and South Africa are also reportedly facing murder charges.

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