Lesotho’s Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s party called on him Thursday to resign, a few days after his involvement with the police chief in the murder of his wife two and a half years ago.
Lipolelo Thabane, 58, was shot dead in June 2017, two days before her husband’s inauguration as head of government in this small southern African country.The couple had been going through a divorce for years.
He has become a threat to the nation
In a sworn statement recently brought to justice, police chief Holomo Molibeli accused Mr. Thabane, 80, of being “involved” in the murder.
The head of government immediately dismissed Mr. Molibeli, a measure suspended while it was being examined by the justice system.
« His decision to dismiss Molibeli is an attempt to obstruct the progress of justice, » said Nqosa Mahao, an official with the Prime Minister’s party, the Basotho Convention (ABC), on Thursday.
« This is why the party, which is committed to respecting the law and good governance, today asks him to step down as Prime Minister, » added Mahao to the press, « he has become a threat to the nation ”.
When contacted by the AFP, the Prime Minister’s spokesperson did not react immediately.
Lesotho has a long history of political instability, illustrated by military coups in 1986 and 1991.
Struck by unemployment, an AIDS epidemic which affects 23% of its population of 2 million inhabitants and a glaring lack of public services, Lesotho, landlocked in the middle of South Africa, is one of the poorest countries of the planet.