Thursday, 20 February 2020 14:29


Image - The Herald: Tom Thabane with current wife Maesaiah Thabane.

Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane is expected on Friday to be charged with the murder of his estranged wife, who was gunned down two days before his inauguration in 2017, police said earlier.

“It has been agreed with his lawyer that he will appear [in court] and he will be formally charged with… murder,” the country’s deputy police commissioner Paseka Mokete told AFP.

Lipolelo Thabane, who was 58, was gunned down by unknown assailants on the outskirts of the capital Maseru in June 2017, two days before the prime minister took office.

Lesotho police wrote to Thabane in December, informing him that his cellphone was called by someone at the scene where his second wife Lipolelo was shot in 2017.

His current wife, Maesaiah, was charged with murder and attempted murder two weeks ago.

Meanwhile the NEC of Thabane's All Basotho Convention (ABC) party is meeting to finalise his exit, among other things.

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