Headline, May 29 2019/ ''' '' LESOTHO'S JUSTICE LEGALESE '' '''


''HIS SECOND TERM - LIKE HIS FIRST TERM - came with the promise of fighting corruption........

Yes, came with the promise of fighting corruption and changing Lesotho's politics,'' said John Aerni-Flessener - an associate professor of African History at Michigan State University, an expert in Lesotho. ''Neither bought these changes.''

THE LEADER OF LESOTHO - ACCUSED of being behind the murder of his estranged wife has announced that he will step down, possibly paving the away for him to be formally charged in the killing.

Prime Minister Thomas Thabane said he would resign his week, after clinging to Lesotho's highest political office for months.

Mr. Thabane, 80, a wily political survivor who has served in every administration since the tiny southern African nation gained independence in 1966, tried to remain in power despite mounting pressure from his own camp to leave.

Evidence links the prime minister to the assailants who killed his estranged wife, Lipoleto Thabane, in June 2017, the authorities say. Mr. Thabane' s current wife has already been charged in the death, and investigators say phone records show ties between the prime minister and the gunmen.

For months, Mr. Thabane brushed off calls to resign as the suspended Parliament, deployed the army and attempted to arrest those behind the investigation.

But on Monday, he handed his resignation letter to King Letsie III, according to Mr. Thabane's secretary, Thabo Thakalekola. The resignation is effective on Wednesday, he said.

Mr. Thabane's finance minister, Mocketsi Majoro, a 58-year old former executive at the International Monetary Fund, is set to replace him without elections.

The accusations against Mr. Thabane and the political upheaval they created unfolded as the country faces the threat the coronavirus and the disease it causes, Covid-19. Until last week, Lesotho was the only nation not to have reported any cases [the count stand at one].

In South Africa, which encircles the country of 2.2 million with porous borders, there have been nearly 16,500 confirmed coronavirus cases - with numbers accelerating in recent days - and 286 deaths.

Moletsane Monyake, a lecturer in political science at the National University of Lesotho, said the authorities in Lesotho had failed to focus on the pandemic.

''The government has been so engrossed in political bickering that attention has been diverted from the Covid-19,'' Mr. Monyake said. ''But the truth is, Lesotho has been flying blind in its response to the pandemic.''

In March, Mr. Thabane, saw in the threat posed by pandemic an opportunity to suspend Parliament, effectively shielding himself from a looming no-confidence vote by lawmakers that would have ousted him before he could complete his five year term.

For years, he and his estranged wife had been embroiled in a dispute over the legal details of their divorce, with Lipolelo Thabane clinging to the benefits attached to the title of first lady.

Lipolelo was killed near her home outside Maseru, the capital on June 14, 2017, two days before Mr. Thabane was sworn into office. He remarried Maesaiah later that summer.

In April, after Lesotho's constitutional court deemed the suspension of Parliament ordered by Mr. Thabane to be invalid, the prime minister deployed the army on the streets of Maseru to act against what he called ''rogue national elements.''

The tanks were gone by the evening, but a South African delegation had to later broker talks between Mr. Thabane and his political rivals.

Lesotho, is economically dependent on South Africa, which in turn relies on mountainous Lesotho's abundant water to supply cities like Johannesburg.

Mr. Thabane's resignation might mean he can now be formally charged, but experts were uncertain. Some believe that Mr. Thabane might have negotiated a deal under which the charges would be dropped in exchange for his early departure.

Now with Mr. Thabane's future uncertain, so is his country's.

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