Lesotho’s Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has resigned after the allegations piled on from 2017 about his criminal involvement in the case of his ex-wife.
Thabane said the time for him to retire “from the great theater of action, take leave from public office” had come. The official resignation, on the outside, is an affirmation of his previous claims of retirement over the past several years. Thabane’s former wife, Lipolelo, was shot by gunmen shortly before his inauguration. The couple had been going through a divorce.
Thabane’s wife Lipolelo was killed by gunmen on 2017 with the aftermaths from the ambush on the city of Maseru.
Thabane married his current wife less than three months after the shooting, according to South African news outlet News24.The 80-year-old leader came under pressure from his own party to step down after police chief Molibeli wrote in a letter on December 23 that communication records from the day of the killing picked up Thabane’s mobile phone number, according to Agence France-Presse (AFP).
Strangely enough, there has been no one has been named specifically for the killing.
His current wife, Maesaiah Thabane, has been charged in the murder and has been granted bail.
The country’s police has also charged him along with his wife for the charges of murder, but his efficient lawyers argue he should be granted immunity against prosecution. Both the Prime Minister and his wife have not spoken publicly about the allegations, but there hasn’t been a single talk in the country, a very small kingdom situated inside the South African republic, without the talk of the PM’s rather dirty path.
On Tuesday, Thabane blamed his resignation “on rival politicians seeking political gain.”
“When I made a voluntary announcement in January this year to retire from office on or before 31 July, I did so with all sincerity because of my full conviction and belief that to everything, there is a season; a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted,” he said, quoting scripture.
He will be replaced by his finance minister Moeketsi Majoro who will be inaugurated Wednesday.
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