Lipolelo Alice Thabane, 58, the second wife of Prime Minister-elect of the Kingdom of Lesotho Dr. Tom Thabane was shot dead late on Wednesday night, just two days before her husband’s inauguration, raising fears of another wave of political violence in Basotho kingdom.
“Lipolelo Thabane was travelling home with a friend when both women where shot by an unknown assailant in the town of Masana, just outside the capital, Maseru.” said Lesotho Police spokesperson Clifford Molefe.
“Lipolelo died on the scene from the injuries sustained during the shooting while her friend was taken to a nearby hospital.
“The motive of the shooting was unknown and that investigations were ongoing.”
Thabane and Lipolelo had been living separately since 2012 after Thabane filed for a divorce which had yet to be granted by the courts.
Lipolelo ousted the former Basotho first lady Malsaiah Thabane from power as the Basotho first lady about three years ago.
She is well known in South Africa as she stayed in Sandton, Johannesburg for coupler years after political violence stormed Lesotho.
Lesotho, which has been on a political knife-edge since an attempted coup in 2014, held elections last week, the third in five years, after then-prime minister Pakalitha Mosisili lost a no-confidence vote in March.
Thabane’s All Basotho Convention won 48 parliamentary seats, compared with 30 won by Mosisili’s Democratic Congress.
Deputy President and SADC Facilitator Cyril Ramaphosa will tomorrow pay an official visit to Maseru where he will join regional and international leaders during the inauguration of the Prime Minister-elect of the Kingdom of Lesotho Dr. Tom Thabane.
Ramaphosa has not formally communicated his position following the passing of the first-lady