In a horrific lawsuit, Lesotho police said there was evidence that former Prime Minister Thomas Thabane and his current wife, Maesaiah Thabane, paid assassins to kill Thabane’s estranged wife in 2017.
Mrs. Lipolelo Thabane was shot dead on the eve of swearing-in for Mr. Thabane as Prime Minister.
Mrs. Maesaiah Thabane, who was charged with murder, has been detained since last week. Her lawyer will argue that she needs to be granted bail to take care of her sick husband. She did not plead guilty to the accusation or allegation. The police statement is one of the documents filed in the Maseru High Court which the police will be using to oppose Mrs. Thabane’s bail application.
Mr. Thabane – who denies involvement in the killing – had to resign over the murder last month.
He has not been charged yet, but in a recent document, police said he identified the home of his estranged wife to the assassins.
Police also said the former Prime Minister and his wife agreed to pay the murder suspects a total of $ 180,000 (£ 142,000) – which must be paid in installments. An advance payment of $ 24,000 was made, according to the statement. One of these hitmen will testify as a key witness for the case.
According to the police, Mr. And Mrs. Thabane wants his ex-wife Lipolelo to die so that his current wife can assume the position of a first lady. Shortly before her death, Lipolelo Tabane won the lawsuit and confirmed that she was the right first lady – even though she was in the process of divorce – and got all the bonuses related to the position.