The wife of former Zambia President Edgar Lungu has been released from police custody until she appears in court.

Esther Lungu, who was arrested along with four others, was released later in the evening alongside her fellow accused, according to police spokesperson Danny Mwale.

They are charged with the theft of a motor vehicle and one count of theft of a certificate of title for a property in Lusaka.

They are also accused of being in possession of property believed to be proceeds of crime.