One winter’s night in June 2017, Thato Sibolla and her friend Lipolelo Thabane were driving to Lipolelo’s home in Ha ’Masana, Lesotho, when a gunman waylaid them, firing several shots into the car at close range. Sibolla was seriously injured and Lipolelo — the estranged wife of Tom Thabane, leader of Lesotho’s ruling All Basotho Convention (ABC) — was killed.

Two days later, Thabane was inaugurated as prime minister of Lesotho. And about two months after that, he married his wife ’Maesaiah in a lavish ceremony in Setsoto Stadium. They had a moment of silence for his first wife, ’Mamotapanyane Yayi Fobo, who had died earlier that morning in Katlehong, aged 79, after suffering ill health.

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