Lesotho PM Steps Down Amidst Wife Murder Scandal
Lesotho’s embattled Prime Minister Thomas Thabane make known his renunciation on Monday, ending months of political variability troubling the kingdom since he was indicted for taking part in his ex-wife’s murder.
“I decided to personally come and inform you that I am stepping down as prime minister of Lesotho,” Thabane told supporters in his Abia home constituency on the outskirts of the capital Maseru.
The 80-year-old did not formally state his exactly resignation date but government spokesman Nthakeng Selinyane said the premier would officially “announce his resignation” in an address to the nation on Tuesday.
“It is rather difficult to part ways with something that you had been accustomed to and leave people behind, but we all have to leave at some point,” Thabane added.
Thabane, whose term is due to end in 2022, had in January set himself a earmark of leaving office by July 31 because of his old age.
But Lesotho has been set in by political instability since the start of this year, when police said they found Thabane’s mobile number in communications records from the scene of his murdered wife.
This evidence backlash within and outside Thabane’s party to demand his immediate step down.
His wife Lipolelo Thabane, 58, was shot and killed outside her home two days before her husband’s come into office in July.