Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane will step down

Lesotho's first lady charged with murder
Thabane was under immense political pressure resign for alleged involvement in the 2017 murder of the foreign wife.

Thabane, whose official term ends in 2022, said he would voluntarily quit and retire due to old age.

“The work of the Prime Minister requires a sensory perception and a quick and physical strength. Because of my age, I am no longer as energetic as I once was. As such, I decided to voluntarily leave the office and hand over the reins of government in accordance with the laws of Lesotho, “said Thabane.

High-level murder

Thabane’s ex-wifeLipolelo was shot by gunmen shortly before his inauguration as prime minister of the small African nation. The couple separated and had filed for divorce before his death.
His current wife, Maesaiah Thabane, was accused of the murder and was given bail. The country’s police also tried to accuse the prime minister of Thabane’s murder, but his lawyers say it should be. guaranteed immunity against the prosecution.

Both the prime minister and his wife did not speak publicly about the allegations.

In April, the Prime Minister deployed the armed forces on the streets to restore order among the riots in the capital Maseru after suspending parliament for three months, while lawmakers had planned to approve an untrusted vote in his leadership. A Lesotho court quashed the suspension of parliament, reported the South African.

In the statement announcing his scheduled exit, Thabane appealed for unity in the mountain kingdom, saying that his decision to leave should not be used to get political points.

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“For my colleagues in the political arena, this is not the time to divide our nation. This is the time for us to join hands and build our institutions, as well as bring our country to lasting peace and prosperity.” Thabane said.


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