Lesotho’s first woman on Tuesday got here out of hiding and turned herself in for questioning over the brutal 2017 homicide of the prime minister’s earlier spouse, police mentioned.
Maesaiah Thabane, 42, went lacking final month after she was summoned by the police as a part of an investigation into the killing of Lipolelo Thabane — Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s estranged spouse.
The couple was concerned in bitter divorce proceedings when she was gunned down exterior her dwelling in Lesotho’s capital Maseru in June 2017, two days earlier than her husband’s inauguration.
New proof surfaced in early January when a letter from Lesotho’s police chief was made public alleging that communication information from the day of the crime picked up the prime minister’s cellular quantity.
Thomas Thabane, who’s now 80, has since bowed to strain and provided to resign at a date not but disclosed. He has additionally been questioned by the police over the killing.
But his present spouse vanished when the police known as her in to testify, prompting the issuing of an arrest warrant.
“(Maesaiah Thabane) initiated her coming back,” police spokesman Mpiti Mopeli instructed AFP, including that the primary woman was “picked from the border” with South Africa, following an association between her lawyer and the police.
“Right now she is still being questioned,” he mentioned. “Talks will determine whether she (will) be detained or not.”
The homicide of 58-year-old Lipolelo Thabane despatched shock waves by way of the tiny mountain kingdom, which is solely surrounded by South Africa and has an extended historical past of political turmoil.
Senior members of the ruling All Basotho Convention (ABC) get together have accused the prime minister of hampering investigations into the killing.
The prime minister final month mentioned he would go away workplace on the grounds of previous age however gave no timeframe for his departure.
Hundreds of opposition supporters marched by way of the streets of Maseru on the day the prime minister was quizzed by police, demanding he step down with fast impact.