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World Lesotho Premier to Quit as Police Lay Charges in Wife’s Murder

15:41  20 february  2020
15:41  20 february  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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The prime minister’ s current wife was detained this month and charged with ordering the murder . [nL8N2A61Y9. “The prime minister is going to be charged with the murder . The police are preparing directives and he will probably be charged tomorrow,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police Paseka

(Bloomberg) -- Sign up to our Next Africa newsletter and follow Bloomberg Africa on TwitterLesotho’ s prime minister said he intends to step down, following increased calls for his resignation over the murder of his second wife , which police have linked to the woman he married a little over two months.

(Bloomberg) -- Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane announced he will resign by the end of July, yielding to pressure from his ruling party to quit as police plan to charge him along with his wife for murdering his previous spouse.

Lesotho's Prime Minister Thomas Motsoahae Thabane addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) © AP Photo/Richard Drew Lesotho's Prime Minister Thomas Motsoahae Thabane addresses the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly, Friday, Sept. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Thabane offered to leave office earlier if “all the requisite preparations for my retirement are completed,” he said in a speech Thursday in the capital, Maseru.

Maesaiah Thabane was indicted Feb. 5 for allegedly killing Lipolelo Thabane. She wasn’t asked to plead in the case and is due to appear again next month. The killing took place two days before Thabane was inaugurated as premier in June 2017. Thabane will appear in court on Friday as the “second accused” in the case, Deputy Police Commissioner Paseko Mokete said by phone.

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MASERU - Lesotho police said that they were ready to charge the country’ s Prime Minister Tom Thabane with the murder of his second wife Lipolelo Thabane. Deputy police commissioner Paseka Mokete said that the director of public prosecutions would take Thabane to court either on Thursday

The murder trial of the wife of Lesotho ' s prime minister, accused of murdering his previous wife , is set to start next month, a court official said on Tuesday. Lesotho police allege Maesaiah Thabane hired eight assassins to kill Lipolelo and was not actually present at the shooting herself.

Lesotho, a nation of about 3 million people that’s encircled by South Africa, has been riven by political turbulence and military coups since 1986. Opposition riots in 1998 prompted its neighbor to deploy troops to restore order. In 2014, Thabane temporarily fled the country after accusing the military of overthrowing him. The head of the army was shot dead three years later, leading to the deployment of troops from neighboring countries.

Thabane’s departure is unlikely bring an end to political instability and the odds are rising that the military could step in once again, Gary van Staden, an analyst with NKC African Economics, said last month.

While such an intervention would be problematic for other countries in the region that have sought to maintain civilian rule, it may be welcomed by citizens who’ve tired of political stalemates, infighting, frequent elections and unstable coalitions, he said.

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MASERU (Reuters) - The murder trial of the wife of Lesotho ' s prime minister, accused of Maesaiah Thabane was detained and charged earlier this month for the murder of Prime Minister Thomas Lesotho police allege Maesaiah Thabane hired eight assassins to kill Lipolelo and was not actually

The wife of Lesotho ' s Prime Minister Thomas Thabane is due in court in the capital on Tuesday. Maesaiah Thabane has been charged with masterminding the murder of her husband' s former wife in 2017. The prime minister and his former wife had divorced acrimoniously and she had reportedly

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