A court has issued an arrest warrant for the Prime Minister’s wife, Maesaiah Thabane after she failed to turn up for questioning over the 2017 murder of his previous wife, police said on Saturday.
The announcement came just days after senior officials in the ruling party called for Prime Minister Thomas Thabane to resign, accusing him of obstructing the investigation into the killing.
Lipolelo Thabane was gunned down by unknown assailants on the outskirts of the capital Maseru in June 2017, two days before her husband’s inauguration.
In a letter that only became public in court documents this week, Lesotho’s police chief Holomo Molibeli asked the prime minister to answer questions regarding his estranged wife’s killing.
Thabane subsequently tried to suspend him but went back on his decision this week after Molibeli challenged it in court.
Prime Minister’s wife Maesaiah Thabane was summoned for questioning on Friday to “shed some light into the ongoing investigations”, deputy police commissioner Paseka Mokete told AFP.
“We got at the State House at around 12 midday (on Friday) but were denied access by the guards at the gate,” Mokete told AFP on Saturday.
“When we were allowed entry… she was nowhere to be found.” A court subsequently issued a warrant for her arrest, he added.
Instead, the police say they found the premier alone and the veteran leader allegedly claimed that he knew nothing about his wife’s whereabouts.
Attorney general Haae Phoofolo later told police that Maesaiah Thabane would be handed over on Monday.
It was confirmed that Maesaiah Thabane, on Saturday suffered a huge blow in her bid to stop the police from arresting her.
Lesothotimes further reported that Prime Minister Thabane has also been implicated and he will have to answer questions pertaining to the alleged use of his mobile phone to communicate with whoever was at the scene of the crime at the time Lipolelo Thabane was murdered.
Sources who spoke to the publication said it was highly unlikely that the Prime Minister’s wife would win the case because she had failed to honour a police summons to report for questioning prior to the issuance of the arrest warrant on Friday.