Published On: Thu, Jun 15th, 2017

New Lesotho Prime Minister’s Wife Shot Dead 2 Days To Husband’s Inauguration

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The wife of in-coming Lesotho Prime Minister, Tom Thabane, was shot dead late on Wednesday, two days before her husband’s inauguration, raising fears of another wave of political violence in the southern African mountain kingdom.

According to police report, Lipolelo Thabane, 58, was traveling home with a friend when both women where shot by an unknown assailant in the town of Masana, just outside the capital, Maseru.


Police spokesperson, Clifford Molefe said Lipolelo died on the scene while her friend was taken to a nearby hospital. However,police said that the motive of the shooting was unknown and that investigations were ongoing.

The incoming prime minister and his late wife had been living separately since 2012 after they filed for divorce which hasn’t been granted yet. But she won a high court battle against her husband to secure the privileges of a First Lady, instead of Mr. Thabane’s youngest wife, Liabiloe, reports the AFP news agency.
Thomas Thabane was last week Friday elected Prime Minister of Lesotho after he emerged as the winner of 48 parliamentary but short of the 61 needed to form a government.

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