Prime Minister of Lesotho Thomas Thabane has agreed to step down amid accusations that he obstructed justice after his current wife was accused of murdering his previous wife.
The country’s minister of communications, Thesele Maseribane, has announced that the king and cabinet have been informed of his resignation, adding that the exact date of him stepping down will be determined by a constitutional process.
Thabane also called President Cyril Ramaphosa in his capacity as Southern African Development Community (SADC) facilitator to inform him of his decision, according to Maseribane, which led to Jeff Radebe and Deputy State Security Minister Zizi Kodwa being sent to the country as envoys.
Maseribane said that Thabane also called President Cyril Ramaphosa as SADC facilitator hence the visit by envoy Jeff Radebe and Deputy State Security Minister Zizi Kodwa.
It was reported on Saturday that Lesotho’s police confirmed that a court had issued an arrest warrant for the prime minister’s wife after she failed to turn up for questioning over the 2017 murder of his previous wife.
The announcement came just days after senior officials in the ruling party called for Prime Minister Thomas Thabane to resign, accusing him of obstructing the investigation into the killing.
Lipolelo Thabane was gunned down by unknown assailants on the outskirts of the capital Maseru in June 2017, two days before her husband’s inauguration.
In a letter that only became public in court documents this week, Lesotho’s police chief Holomo Molibeli asked the prime minister to answer questions regarding his estranged wife’s killing.
Thabane subsequently tried to suspend him but went back on his decision this week after Mollibeli challenged it in court.
Thabane’s current wife Maesaiah Thabane was summoned for questioning on Friday to “shed some light into the ongoing investigations”, deputy police commissioner Paseka Mokete told AFP.
But she failed to show up, prompting a court to issue a warrant for her arrest.
“We got at the State House at around 12 midday (on Friday) but were denied access by the guards at the gate,” Mokete told AFP on Saturday.
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