Death of Lesotho first lady not confirmed as political killing

The estranged wife of Prime Minister-elect Tom Thabane has died and another woman injured following a shooting in Lesotho on Wednesday.

The shooting comes a day before Thabane's inauguration as Lesotho’s Prime Minister after winning the country’s elections earlier this month.

Very little is known about first lady Lipolelo Thabane's death at this stage, reports EWN's Africa Correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish.

She was in a car, they saw a man on the side of the road. He turned a gun on them.

Jean-Jacques Cornish, EWN's Africa Correspondent

He says her death spells bad news for Lesotho which has seen a great deal of political uncertainty.

Read: Fatal shooting of Tom Thabane's wife creates uncertainty in Lesotho

According to Cornish, there is no indication about whether her killing was political and how it will affect the inauguration at this stage.

The couple separated in 2012 but had not yet divorced and she had gone to court to be recognised as the first lady during his previous rule.

The Lesotho police have not made a statement, Cornish explains.

Meanwhile, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has been a SADC facilitator in Lesotho and his spokesman Ronnie Mamoepa said they would like to see the inauguration continue as scheduled.

Take a listen to Cornish reflect on Thabane's controversial leadership:


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