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First lady charged with murdering PM’s former wife

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Lesotho authorities have charged Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s wife Maesaiah with the shooting death of the previous first lady.

Lesotho police have charged Prime Minister Thomas Thabane's wife with the murder of his previous spouse, the South African Broadcasting Corporation reports.

Police last month issued a warrant of arrest for Thabane's wife, Maesaiah, after she failed to turn up for questioning in connection with the murder of Thabane's then-estranged wife Lipolelo on June 14, 2017.

Maesaiah turned herself in yesterday, according to South African media reports.

Lipolelo was shot days before Thabane was sworn in as leader of the mountain kingdom. The couple were involved in divorce proceedings at the time of Lipolelo's death.

He and Maesaiah married two months after the murder.

Thabane last month announced his intention to resign, but gave no reason.

Lesotho, a mountain state encircled by South Africa, three-quarters of which lies more than 1800m above sea level, is one of the world's poorest countries and has one of Africa's highest levels of HIV/AIDS prevalence.

Source: 9News

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