Prime minister’s wife shot dead

Wife of incoming Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane was killed on Wednesday, two days to her husband’s inauguration, raising fears of another wave of political violence in the southern African mountain kingdom. Police spokesperson Clifford Molefe said Lipolelo Thabane, 58, was traveling home with a friend when both women where shot by an unknown assailant in the town of Masana, just outside the capital, Maseru. Molefe said Lipolelo died on the scene while her friend was taken to a nearby hospital. Molefe said the motive of the shooting was unknown and that investigations were ongoing. 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. Thabane and Lipolelo had been living separately since 2012 after...

Senators gather to pray and celebrate Saraki’s court case victory

After the CCT ruling in favor of Saraki yesterday, Christian and Muslim Senators converged to offer prayers of thanksgiving to God for vindicating him. An elated Senate President Bukola Saraki says Wednesday’s Code of Conduct Tribunal ruling has further renewed his faith and restored his hope in the nation’s judiciary. He made the declaration after the Tribunal struck out his False Assets Declaration trial which had dragged on for the past two years. According to him : “The conclusion of this trial has vindicated my position. With the outcome of this case, our faith is renewed in our courts and our hope is restored that the judiciary in our country could indeed provide sanctuary for all those who seek justice.” Similarly, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu has described Saraki’s discharge and acquittal by the CCT, as a victory for democracy. Ekweremadu said it did not come to the upper chamber as a surprise. He likened the...

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