By Ebi Kesiena
Esther Lungu, Zambia’s former First Lady who was arrested along with four others has been released from police custody.
According to her lawyer, Makebi Zulu, the charges against Lungu are “quite preposterous,”.
Zulu while confirming the release of the wife of former Zambia President Edgar Lungu, noted that his client was safe and will be out of detention until she appears in court following investigations.
Meanwhile, Police spokesperson Danny Mwale noted that Esther who was arrested along with four others was released alongside her fellow accused.
“All the five suspects were released on police bond pending court appearance,” Mwale said in a statement on Thursday.
Explaining the arrest, Zambian police said that they had arrested Esther Lungu and four other people over motor vehicle theft and taken into custody on Wednesday.
Zambia Police Deputy Public Relations Officer Danny Mwale said in a statement. The former first lady was also charged with the possession of property believed to be from the proceeds of crime.
In May, police questioned Lungu over her possession of three motor vehicles. A month later, police arrested her son Daliso and his wife. They were charged with money laundering and the possession of property suspected to be the proceeds of crime.
Heritage Times HT recalls that Edgar Lungu lost to Hakainde Hichilema in Zambia’s 2021 presidential elections.