Thabane in court

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Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane was in court today (Monday) to hear charges of murdering his estranged wife, a Reuters witness said.

Thabane (80) is suspected of involvement in the murder of his then wife Lipolelo, shot dead in June 2017, two days before he took office for a second stint as premier — and two months before he married his current wife Maesaiah.

Maesaiah Thabane (42) has also been charged with the murder and police suspect her of ordering assassins to do the job. Both deny any involvement.

Thabane was initially been scheduled to hear the charges on Friday, but left for South Africa for what aides said was a medical appointment.

He said he will resign at the end of July and several members of his own All Basotho Convention (ABC) party are pressuring him to leave sooner to avert a political crisis.



Lesotho, a tiny mountain territory of two million, has a history of coups and political instability. Many fear a power vacuum unless the ABC can agree on a successor and analysts expect a general election will be called soon.