Opposition supporters demonstrate to demand resignation of prime minister

Peaceful Assembly

In January 2020 it was reported that opposition supporters took to the streets in Maseru to demand the resignation of the Prime Minister, Thomas Thabane. The protesters cited his failure to respect the rule of law, with one saying that at least 60 people had been killed in police custody under his government. The protest came a week after the Prime Minister agreed to resign in the wake of police investigations around the murder of his estranged wife, Lipolelo Thabane, in 2017. Thabane’s second wife and first lady, Maesiah Thabane, has since been on the run from the police after a warrant of arrest was issued against her for the murder, a situation which has fuelled speculation that Thabane’s resignation was linked to his personal life.

Some of the protesters carried placards which read: “Thabane must go today”, while others chanted “Thabane and his wife must go” and “We want justice for Lipolelo.”

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