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FIRST LADY HANDS HERSELF OVER TO POLICE

By Staff Writers

Maseru, Feb 4 (The Night’s Watch) – First Lady ‘Maesaiah Thabane who has been on the run since January 10, has handed herself over to police at the police headquarters in Maseru.

Police had appealed to the public on January 15, to help locate ‘Maesaiah after she evaded arrest.

She is wanted for questioning in the 2017 killing of former first lady, Lipolelo Thabane, whose death occurred two days before her husband Thomas Thabane’s inauguration as Prime Minister for a second term.

Lipolelo was shot dead by unknown assailants as she was about to drive into her Ha ‘Masana home on June 14, 2017.

This was two years after the High Court ruled that she was the lawful first lady and entitled to benefits, and not ‘Maesaiah who was Thabane’s customary wife at the time.

The court banned ‘Maesaiah from “performing any functions and exercising any rights vested in the applicant (Lipolelo) as the First Spouse in terms of the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister (Retirement and Spouses’ Benefits) Act, 2011 (Act No: 10 of 2011).

Hardly three months after Lipolelo’s death, Thabane remarried ‘Maesaiah who then became first lady, officially.

It was only revealed last month that prime minister Thabane’s cell phone was used at the murder scene.

‘Maesaiah was then summoned by police for question but she brazenly refused to present herself to police as requested without giving reasons.

This prompted police to get an arrest warrant from the Magistrate Court which authorised them to arrest her.

But when police invaded the state house to arrest her, she was nowhere to be found. She had vanished into thin air. NW

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