Maesaiah Thabane Wiki – Bio
Lesotho’s first lady, Maesaiah Thabane, is set to be charged with murdering her husband’s previous wife after initially fleeing the country.
On 10 January 2020, police issued an arrest warrant for Maesiah Thabane, who is wanted in connection for the 2017 shooting death of Tom Thabane’s then estranged wife, Lipolelo Thabane.
Lesotho's First Lady Maesaiah Thabane has been charged with murdering the PM's previous wife, Lipolelo, who was shot dead outside her home in Maseru, two days before his inauguration in 2017. PM Thomas Thabane has also been questioned about the killing. https://t.co/JZ6mqNfsAw
— Vera Kwakofi (@verakwakofi) February 4, 2020
Maesaiah Thabane Age
She is 42 years old.
Controversy of Maesiah Thabane
Allegations arose that ‘Maesiah Thabane Trust Fund Director ‘Makarabo Mojakhomo and her husband, Ministry of Home Affairs officer, Thabang Mojakhomo had defrauded the organization founded by the first lady of up to M200’000. On May 21st, following ‘Makarabo’s disappearance from police custody, Amnesty International published a plea for ‘urgent action’, reporting that “Makarabo’s family fear that she has been subjected to enforced disappearance given the history of such cases in the country involving security forces”. Following Mojakhomo’s reappearance in South Africa in May 2019, she reported fear that the first lady has “powers to control the police and the judiciary so [she] would not get a free and fair trial with her in control,” In May 2018.
Mrs. Thabane has been accused previously in September of 2018 by Motlohi Maliehe, minister of tourism, environment and culture and chairman of the All Basotho Convention (ABC) party, of corrupt action. Maliehe was fired from his ministerial position after he claimed Mrs Thabane was “torpedoing government by seeking to control ministers and how they performed their duties” and “instigating the removal of ministers who refused to comply with her demands”. Such actions have supposedly contributed to the fracturing of Prime Minister Thabane’s party (the ABC), one “clouded by” similar “disorderly behaviour”.
In opposition to the allegations brought forward by Mr Maliehe, Mrs Thabane cites frustration at “official bungling and government inertia”, which “sometimes forced her to take matters into her own hands to ensure Basotho got [the] services they needed”. The first lady is particularly concerned about the lack of treatment available for cancer patients, as well as HIV/AIDS. In July 2019, she hosted the 12th Stop Cervical, Breast and Prostate Cancers in Africa Conference (SCCA), which was attended by all African First Ladies.
Charges and Arrested
Maesaiah Thabane, is set to be charged with murdering her husband’s previous wife after initially fleeing the country.
On 10 January after she disappeared, An arrest warrant was issued for 42-year-old Maesaiah Thabane.
Police spokesman Mpiti Mopeli told AFP news agency, She was “picked from the border” with South Africa on Tuesday after an arrangement between her lawyers and police.
First Lady Maesaiah Thabane handed herself in to be questioned by police in the southern African mountain kingdom.
Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has also been questioned about the killing.
His estranged wife, Lipolelo Thabane, was shot dead outside her home in the capital Maseru two days before his inauguration in 2017.
The couple were involved in bitter divorce proceedings at the time.