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Thomas Thabane: Lesotho PM leaves country as murder charges loom

Thomas Thabane

Lesotho’s Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has failed to look in courtroom to face fees of murdering his estranged spouse in 2017.

An aide and Mr Thabane’s son say the 80-year-old chief is receiving remedy in neighbouring South Africa.

His present spouse Maesaiah Thabane has already been charged with the homicide.

Mr Thabane can be the primary African chief to be charged with a home homicide whereas in workplace, in a case that has shocked the tiny mountain kingdom.

He has not commented on the allegations.

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He was anticipated in courtroom at 09:00 native time (07:00 GMT) to face homicide fees, experiences the Reuters information company.

“He isn’t attending courtroom, he has gone for a medical test up in South Africa,” his private secretary Thabo Thakalekoala informed information company AFP, including that it was a “routine” medical test.

Mr Thabane’s earlier spouse Lipolelo Thabane, 58, was shot lifeless within the capital, Maseru, two days earlier than Mr Thabane turned prime minister in 2017.

The wedding of the prime minister and MaesaiahPicture copyrightTHE POST
Picture captionMr Thabane married Maesaiah at a public ceremony in 2017

Mr Thabane mentioned on state radio on Thursday that he had served the nation “diligently” and he would retire on the finish of July.

“I’ve labored for a peaceable and secure Lesotho. At present… at my age, I’ve misplaced most of my power,” he was quoted as saying.

He didn’t point out the allegations in opposition to him.

The ruling All Basotho Conference had given him a deadline of Thursday to resign.



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