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Minister Maseribane: Lesotho first lady cannot be above the law, must surrender

There’s a warrant for her arrest and she’s on the run after police asked her to answer questions about the killing of Thabane’s second wife in 2017.

FILE: Lesotho Prime Minister Thomas Thabane (L), leader of the All Basotho Convention (ABC) political party, his wife Maesiah Ramoholi Thabane and Zambian President Edgar Lungu (R) attend Thabane's inauguration on June 16, 2017 in Maseru. Picture: AFP.

MASERU - Lesotho’s first lady Maesiah Thabane has been told she will not be saved by her husband Prime Minister Tom Thabane’s decision to retire.

There’s a warrant for her arrest and she’s on the run after police asked her to answer questions about the killing of Thabane’s second wife in 2017.

Thabane has told the country’s King Letsie III, his coalition partners, cabinet and even South Africa that he is retiring, but some say this is an attempt to save his wife from facing the law.

However, communications minister Thesele Maseribane said she should hand herself over to police.

“One cannot be above the law. We would like to see her go to the courts like everybody and enjoy his or her personal rights.”

The High Court postponed her application for a warrant of arrest to be set aside and the case is due back in court on Tuesday. But the warrant remains in force.

It’s not clear when Thabane will step down but the government said it was beginning constitutional processes that would determine the timing.

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