Maesiah Thabane, Lesotho’s first lady has been charged with murder of Prime Minister Tom Thabane’s former wife Lipolelo Thabane. There were alleged links of Maesiah Thabane to the brutal 2017 killing of the Prime Minister’s previous wife.
Maesiah will spend the night in custody after she came out of hiding and turnedl herself in to the police earlier on Tuesday (February 4, 2020).
Deputy Police Commissioner Mokete Paseka remarked that investigations had been “satisfactorily completed”. He told the reporters, “She has been charged with murder alongside eight others who are in Lesotho and South Africa.”
He said police had a “strong case” against the first lady, who was unable to appear in Court on Tuesday due to logistical reasons.
The eight other accused will also be summoned by the police.
Maesiah Thabane went missing last month after being summoned as part of an investigation into the killing of Lipolelo Thabane – Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s estranged wife.
Lipolelo and Thomas Thabane were involved in bitter divorce proceedings when she was gunned down outside her home in Lesotho’s capital Maseru in June 2017, two days before her husband’s inauguration.
New evidence surfaced when a letter from Lesotho’s police chief was made public the communication records from the day of the crime picked up from the Prime Minister’s mobile number in early January.
Thomas Thabane has since bowed to pressure and offered to resign at a date not yet disclosed. The police have also questioned him over the killings.
However, Maesiah vanished when the police called her in to testify last month, prompting the issuing of an arrest warrant. The Prime Minister’s press attaché did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the murder charge.
Senior members of the ruling All Basotho Convention (ABC) party accused the Prime Minister of hampering investigations into the killing. Thabane said last month he would leave office on the grounds of old age, but gave no timeframe for his departure.
Hundreds of opposition supporters marched through the streets of Maseru on the day the Prime Minister was quizzed by police, demanding he step down with immediate effect. Maesiah Thabane was picked up on the border with South Africa following an arrangement between her lawyer and the police.
Author: Shubham Jindal