The wife of Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane was shot dead late on Wednesday, hours after her better half’s inauguration, raising feelings of trepidation of another rush of political savagery in the southern African mountain kingdom.
Police representative Clifford Molefe said Lipolelo Thabane, 58, was travelling home with a companion when both ladies where shot by an unknown attacker in the town of Masana, simply outside the capital, Maseru.
Mr Molefe said Ms Lipolelo died on the scene while her companion was taken to an adjacent clinic. Mr Molefe said themotive of the shooting was obscure and that examinations were continuous.
Lesotho, which has been on a political blade edge since an endeavored coup in 2014, held elections a week ago, the third in five years, after then-prime minister Pakalitha Mosisili lost a no-certainty vote in March.
Mr Thabane’s All Basotho Convention won 48 parliamentary seats, contrasted and 30 won by Mr Mosisili’s Democratic Congress.
Mr Thabane and Ms Lipolelo had been living independently since 2012 after Mr Thabane petitioned for a separation which still couldn’t seem to be allowed by the courts.
Mr Thabane’s office was inaccessible for input.