Maesaiah Thabane, the first lady of Lesotho, a landlocked country in South Africa has been declared wanted by the police on suspicions of her involvement in the killing of the former first lady, Lipolelo Thabane.
The former wife of the country’s Prime Minister, Thomas Thabane was shot dead by unknown assailants on 14th June, 2017, two days before he was sworn in as prime minister of the mountain kingdom.
According to media reports, the deceased First Lady and the current were involved in a legal battle over who should be the first lady in 2015, a battle which was won by Lipolelo instead of Maesiah.
While it remains unclear who is involved in the death of the former first lady, there are suspicions that Thabane’s young customary wife, Maesiah Thabane who got married to the Prime Minister two months after Lipolelo was killed, is the mastermind behind the assassination.
According to a Police Superintendent Mpiti Mopeli, the police on Tuesday obtained an arrest warrant for the first lady after she failed to report to them.
Maesaiah Thabane has not been charged but police want to speak to her about Lipolelo Thabane’s killing, a government spokesman told the BBC.
Prime Minister Thomas Thabene and all those close to him came at the forefront of police investigations after a Police Commissioner Holomo Molibeli, gave a court testimony to suggest that the prime minister wants him out in a bid to stop the murder investigation and recommend a new commissioner “to immunise himself from criminal investigations and prosecution, thus thwarting the rule of law.”
Neither the prime minister nor his wife, Maesaiah, have commented publicly on allegations of their involvement in the murder even though in June 2017, Mr Thabane described his estranged wife’s killing as “senseless” in his inaugural speech as prime minister.