By Staff Writers
Maseru, Feb 5 (The Night’s Watch) – First Lady ‘Maesaiah Thabane on Wednesday appeared in the Maseru Magistrate Court charged with murdering her husband Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s second wife, Lipolelo Thabane.
The 58-year old victim was shot dead on June 14 2017, at Ha Masana in Maseru while traveling in a vehicle with a female companion who sustained serious injuries.
‘Maesaiah was also charged with attempting to murder Lipolele’s companion, Thato Sibolla.
She was remanded in custody to appear in court again on February 18.
Lipolelo’s assassination occurred two days before her estranged husband Thabane’s inauguration as Prime Minister for a second term.
Lipolelo and Thabane were involved in bitter divorce proceedings when she was gunned down.
Thabane and Lipolelo, who shared one daughter, married in 1987 before filing for divorce in 2012.
A few months after Lipolelo’s murder in 2017, Thabane married his long-term partner ‘Maesaiah nee, Liabiloe Ramoholi in a lavish ceremony attended by thousands in the Setsoto Stadium.
Evidence surfaced early last month, when a letter from Commissioner of Police Holomo Molibeli was made public alleging that communication records from the day of Lipolelo’s murder picked up Thabane’s mobile number.
‘Maesaiah was then summoned by police for question but she brazenly refused to present herself to police as requested without giving reasons, prompting the issuing of an arrest warrant.
But when police invaded the state house to arrest her, she was nowhere to be found. She had vanished into thin air.
She handed herself over to the police on Tuesday. She was picked up on the border with South Africa following an arrangement between her lawyer and the police.
Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has also been questioned about the killing. NW