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Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane. File Photo: GIANLUIGI GUERCIA / AFP

Where is Thomas Thabane? Lesotho PM reportedly skips the country

The prime minister was a no-show in court for the case of his ex-wife’s murder.

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Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane. File Photo: GIANLUIGI GUERCIA / AFP

Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane is nowhere to be found on the day he is due to appear before the court in connection with his former wife’s murder.

Is Thomas Thabane on the run?

Speaking with Reuters, his son Potlako Thabane revealed that Thomas Thabane is not on the run. Instead, “he has gone to South Africa to see a doctor”.

Court proceedings were halted on Friday morning after it became clear two hours later, that the prime minister was a no-show. Deputy police commissioner Paseka Mokete admitted that at that time, Thabane’s whereabouts were unknown.

“I’m still trying to confirm his whereabouts and whether or not he will show up. We don’t know,” he said.

The prime minister’s representatives have not confirmed the son’s claims. What is known, at this time, is that Thabane is not in Lesotho.

Lesotho PM linked to crucial evidence in ex-wife’s murder

Thabane has been linked to the murder of his former wife, Lipolelo Thabane, who was shot dead in June 2017, near her home in Masero.

The murder occurred two days before Thabane took up office as the southern African kingdom’s prime minister.

His current wife, Maesiah, has been linked to the crime and after a brief stint on the run, she was arrested and charged with murder. She, however, is currently out on bail.

At the centre of the probe, is a letter that was sent by Lesotho’s police commissioner Holomo Molibeli, to Thabane, confronting him about cellphone records that show he was somehow connected to a call that was made at the scene of Lipolelo’s murder.

In the letter, it is stated that in the moments following Lipolelo’s execution, a call was made from the crime scene to Thabane. Furthermore, evidence shows the prime minister had picked up the call and spoke to the person on the other end of the line.

While the merits of the evidence have yet to be tested, police firmly believe that the person Thabane spoke to was somehow responsible for the death of Lipolelo.

After all, Thabane’s motive to murder his ex-wife makes the most sense. Shortly before Lipolelo’s death, she and the prime minister were involved in a bitter divorce dispute. This was not a great juncture for Thabane who, at the time, was preparing to be inaugurated as the leader of Lesotho’s government.

At this time, Thabane’s whereabouts are not known and Lesotho authorities have yet to issue an update on their search for the 80-year-old.