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Tom Thabane withdraws notice to suspend police boss Holomo Molibeli

The Lesotho High Court has endorsed a settlement that allows Holomo Molibeli to return to work and nullifies the appointment of Sera Makharilele as acting commissioner.

In this file photo taken on 31 May 2017 Lesotho political party All Basotho Convention (ABC) leader Prime Minister Tom Thabane gives an interview to Agence France-Presse at his residence in Maseru. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane has withdrawn his notice to suspend commissioner of police Holomo Molibeli but he still has to answer to allegations of his wife’s murder.

The court on Thursday issued an order after the parties reached an amicable settlement.

During proceedings, Judge T’seliso Monaphathi warned the prime minister to not make light of the matter as that threatens security.

The Lesotho High Court has endorsed a settlement that allows Molibeli to return to work and nullifies the appointment of Sera Makharilele as acting commissioner.

The court order normalised the situation at the police headquarters where the bodyguards of the two commissioners clashed, prompting the army to intervene.

In his court challenge, Molibeli filed papers, including a letter in which he asks Thabane to explain who called his cellphone from the scene where his estranged wife was shot in 2017,

'THABANE MUST RESIGN'

Thabane’s party has called for his for resignation.

Members of the All Basotho Convention (ABC) made the demand after the prime minister was implicated in the killing of his wife.

The party’s national executive council held a media briefing in the capital, Maseru, on Thursday, saying the order of events implied that Thabane tried to interfere with the investigation.

The party's deputy head professor Nqosa Mahao said: “The head of government should be the watchdog of the rule of law. He is a suspect of a very serious crime. He must resign immediately.”