Lesotho: Tom Thabane's inauguration 'still on' despite wife's shooting

2017-06-15 14:32
Lesotho PM Tom Thabane (Alexander Joe, AFP)

Lesotho PM Tom Thabane (Alexander Joe, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Maseru - The estranged wife of Lesotho's prime minister-elect has been shot dead, police said on Thursday, raising concerns about further political instability in this tiny southern African kingdom.

Lipolelo Alice Thabane, the 58-year-old wife of Tom Thabane, was killed Wednesday night by unknown assailants outside her home in the capital, police Senior Superintendent Clifford Molefe told The Associated Press. There have been no arrests and an investigation is in the early stages, Molefe said.

The prime minister is set to be inaugurated Friday after his party won elections earlier this month. The elections were held after Thabane's main rival, Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili, lost a no-confidence vote in parliament in March.

Lesotho has been beset by power struggles and concerns about military interference in politics. The country also has seen a number of high-profile assassinations.

Thabane is a former prime minister who fled Lesotho in 2014 out of concern that soldiers planned to assassinate him. The army has denied the allegation.

The opposition has alleged that the military is sympathetic to Mosisili's Democratic Congress party and its coalition partners and hostile to Thabane's All Basotho Convention party. The military denied any intention to intervene if Mosisili lost this month's election, the Lesotho Times newspaper has reported.

Neither Thabane nor officials with the All Basotho Convention party could immediately be reached on Friday.

Lesotho's government secretary, Lebohang Ramohlanka, said plans for the inauguration continued. "As far as I know, the inauguration is still on," Ramohlanka said.

South Africa, whose territory surrounds Lesotho, has played a leading role in mediating among factions in the mountainous nation of two million people.

Read more on:    tom thabane  |  lesotho  |  southern africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.