Police in Lesotho have said they will charge prime minister Thomas Thabane with the murder of his ex-wife.
The prime minister’s current wife, Maesaiah Thabane is already facing trial over the murder of the former first lady Lipolelo Thabane.
The current first lady was detained this month and charged with ordering the murder of her rival. Her trial date was postponed at a recent hearing.
“The prime minister is going to be charged with the murder. The police are preparing directives and he will probably be charged tomorrow (Friday),” Deputy Commissioner of Police Paseka Mokete told Reuters.
Lipolelo Thabane, the ex-wife of Thomas Thabane, according to police was shot dead outside her home in the capital Maseru just before the prime minister’s inauguration in 2017.
Thomas and Lipolelo Thabane as a couple got involved in a very bitter divorce proceedings before her death.
Earlier the murder of Lipolelo death was believed to have been carried out by unknown armed men.
At the time, the prime minister was living with Maesaiah, 42, treating her as his wife.
The couple got married at a ceremony held at a packed stadium in Maseru two months after the murder.
It was only recently revealed through court papers filed by the country’s police commissioner, Holomo Molibeli, that there could be more to it.
Meanwhile prime minister Thabane, 80 said on state radio that he would retire at the end of July.
“I’ve worked for a peaceful and stable Lesotho. Today… at my age, I have lost most of my energy,” he was quoted as saying.
But his party the ruling All Basotho Convention had given him a deadline of Thursday to resign.