Thabane’s murder charges in spotlight after resignation as Lesotho MP

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Maseru – Now that Tom Thabane is no longer a member of parliament and prime minister of Lesotho,  his constitutional court application challenging the murder charges of his second wife Lipolelo Thabane is under the spotlight.

Thabane’s current wife, Maessiah, has already been charged but she is out on bail that was granted under suspicious circumstances.

Thabane appeared in court today, where the bail issue is also before the appeal court. Thabane’s grandson and survivor Thato Sibolla are challenging it.

When he appeared in court, he sought leave to challenge his charges.

When he delivered his decision in February, Magistrate Phethise Motanyane said:

“The question that the defence seeks to refer to the high court sitting as a constitutional court is whether a sitting prime minister can be criminally charged. The application for referral in a matter for the high court is granted.”

This was because Thabane’s grounds were that charging him as a sitting prime minister could present a constitutional crisis. It’s not clear if he’ll withdraw the application or wait for the court to hear it.

“Let’s not be vengeful but strive for national unity,” said Thabane.

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