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Supporters to rally around embattled Lesotho PM Tom Thabane at court appearance

Thabane is expected to appear at the Maseru magistrates court on Friday morning where he will appear and be charged with murder.

FILE: Prime Minister of Lesotho Thomas Thabane. Picture: AFP

MASERU - Supporters of Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane are expected to gather at the Maseru magistrates court where he will appear and be charged with the murder of his estranged wife, Lipolelo.

Some of those supporters have said they are viewing the action as an affront to Thabane, who is facing calls to step down.

On Thursday, he made another statement saying that he would retire by the end of July or earlier.

Thabane is expected to appear between 8am and 9am and by that time both the courtroom and the premises are expected to be full.

However, it's now clear that Prime Minister Thabane’s NEC was taken by surprise when he appeared on government’s Radio Lesotho yesterday, saying he would step down by the end of July.

He did say, however, that he would step down when parliamentary and party processes had been concluded.

Now that NEC is meeting again on Friday to attempt to agree on a candidate that will be proposed to take over because the divided party has so far failed to unite behind one candidate.

On the other hand, parliament reconvenes this afternoon and there too it is expected to see more attempts to get Thabane to step down.

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