Ex Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane paid a team of hitmen over $20 000 to murder his beleaguered wife in 2017 according to Lesotho Police statements, The Guardian reports.
The $20k was supposed to be a part payment of the $180 000 the hitmen would eventually pocket after taking the life of Lipolelo who has refused to be divorced and won a court case that would see her retain her first lady privileges until they reached a formal separation.
It is believed Thabane and his current wife Maesaiah wanted Lipolelo dead so that Maesaiah could resume her duty as the first lady and the 2 married 2 months after the murder of Tom Thabane’s first wife.
In opposing bail for the Maesaiah who is in custody right now, the deputy commissioner of police, Paseka Mokete said:
(Thabane and Maesaiah) wanted the deceased dead so that [Maesaiah] … could assume the position of first lady, Maesaiah had previously stated she “would like to get rid of the deceased”
Mokete went on to say:
(The)infamous Famo gang, notorious for displaying violence and for brutal killings, who had been promised the equivalent of $179,485 to be paid in instalments.
They would be remunerated in cash … and through employment opportunities, should they carry out the murder of the deceased prior to [Thabane’s] inauguration as prime minister.
Thabane resigned last month after pressure mounted on him to resign following the new development in the murder case.
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