- Bola Kougbe
Lipolelo Thabane, the estranged wife of Lesotho Prime Minister-elect, Thomas Thabane, has been shot dead by unknown gunmen two days to her husband’s inauguration. The 58-year-old was travelling home with a friend when both women were shot by their assailant on Wednesday, the police said. According to report, the deceased’s neighbours claimed a group of unidentified men were seen hammering on Lipolelo’s door. Security operatives said the motive behind the murder was unknown and investigation was ongoing. The couple filed for divorce and had been living separately since 2012. The divorce proceeding is also said to be ongoing. Lipolelo reportedly won a high court battle against her husband to secure the privileges of a first lady, instead of Thomas’ youngest and third wife, Liabiloe. Samonyane Ntsekele, the secretary general of All Basotho Convention party, the ruling party, said that the prime minister was devastated by the shooting. “Everyone is traumatised by these developments,” he said. The election took place earlier this month and was the third election in three years. There is a bitter power-struggle in the country and Thomas still has enemies in the military, a BBC reporter said. His inauguration is still expected to take place on Friday.