Lesotho First Lady Maesaiah Thabane is set to be arraigned in court to face charges of murdering her husband’s estranged wife.
Maesaiah, who is the wife of the country’s Prime Minister Thomas Thabane, surrendered herself to police on Tuesday to be questioned over the killing of Thabane’s wife, BBC reported. PM Thabane has also been interrogated over the killing.
PM Thabane’s estranged wife, Lipolelo Thabane, was shot dead outside her home in the capital Maseru two days before his inauguration in 2017. At the time, the couple was involved in bitter divorce proceedings.
The murder was initially blamed on unknown armed assailants, but recent court papers filed by the country’s police commissioner Holomo Molibeli have raised further questions.
A warrant of arrest of was issued against 42-year-old Maesaiah Thabane on January 10th, 2020 after she disappeared. Lesotho police spokesperson Mpiti Mopeli said Maesaiah “picked from the border” with South Africa on Tuesday after an arrangement between her lawyers and police.
Speaking to BBC, police commissioner Holomo Molibeli said she was being held in custody and would be formally charged in court on Wednesday.