Lesotho's new prime minister Moeketsi Majoro faces tough task, as he assumes new role

Moeketsi Majoro

Moeketsi Majoro has been sworn in as Lesotho’s new prime minister, a day after his predecessor resigned as pressure mounted about his involvement in his ex wife’s murder.

Majoro, who was previously finance minister, took the oath at the king’s palace in front of dignitaries. He did not give a speech.He will stay in charge until elections take place in June 2022.

Thomas Thabane, 80, resigned on Tuesday, three months after police named him and his current wife Maesaiah as suspects in the murder of Lipolelo in a case that has caused an ongoing political crisis in the country.

Lipolelo Thabane was shot dead in June 2017, two days before her Mr Thabane’s inauguration. She had reportedly refused to divorce him. He married Maesaiah two months later.

Majoro, a former senior IMF official, now faces the task of uniting a fractious political elite in a country that has suffered several coups since independence from Britain in 1966.

Who is Moeketsi Majoro?

Majoro was a lecturer in economics at the National University of Lesotho between 1991 and 2000. He joined the finance ministry as a fiscal analyst in 2000 and worked in the position before he was promoted to be the principal secretary in 2004.

He served the Africa Group 1 Constituency of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as both Executive Director and Alternate Executive Director from 2008 and 2012 before being appointed Minister of Development Planning by Prime Minister Tom Thabane.