Lesotho’s former first lady Maesaiah Thabane arrested in murder case (Video)


The Current wife of the former Prime Minister of Lesotho Maesaiah Thabane has been rearrested on Wednesday over the 2017 murder of the then-estranged wife of her husband Thomas Thabane.

Maesaiah Thabane, who was out on bail, is suspected of orchestrating the shooting of Lipolelo Thanbane in the nation’s capital, Maseru.

Lesotho’s court of appeal last week revoked her bail on suspicion that the procedure was not followed correctly and ordered her tobe rearrested.

Maesaiah arrived at the Magistrate court, where she wore a fur coat and black protective anti-coronavirus mask, under the escort of armed police officers. She was told by the court she would be taken to the female correctional facility in fulfillment of the appeals court judgement.

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“The decision of the High Court to grant you bail has been set aside by the Court of Appeal,” said the magistrate. “You will remain in the correctional facility. You will report back on June 16, 2020, to find out the progress of your case.”

Her husband Thomas Thabane  is also a prime suspect in the case but is yet to be formally charged.

Thanbane only recently stepped down as Prime Minister in May 19 following pressure from his political party over the case.

Lipolelo was murdered in June 2017, just two days before Thomas was sworn into office for a second term.

The couple were in the midst of a divorce proceeding when she was shot outside her home in Maseru.

Two months after her death, Thomas married Maesaiah, his current wife.

Late Lipilelo Thanbane