Lemekani Nyirenda: Zambian student who died fighting for Russia in Ukraine buried


the Zambian scholar who died in fight in Ukraine was buried in a non-public ceremony in his house nation on Wednesday, a household spokesman instructed CNN.

Lemekani Nathan Nyirenda died on the frontlines of the Ukraine Warfare final September whereas preventing for the Russian mercenary group Wagner.

His household consultant Dr. Ian Banda spoke to CNN on Wednesday morning because the household left for Nyirenda’s ultimate resting place in his village.

“We will bury him now… We’re in a convoy… His (Nyirendas) mom and father are in a automobile behind me. They’re crying proper now,” Banda instructed CNN.

Nyirenda’s physique was returned to Zambia final month. Upon his arrival on 11 December, his stays have been transported to the mortuary of the College Instructing Hospital of Zambia for post-mortem, in accordance with Zambian legislation.

“The funeral service on the Nyirenda household residence, burial and memorial formalities won’t start till the completion of the above necessary statutory procedures,” the household stated in a press release on the time.

Banda instructed CNN that the forensic examination of Nyirenda’s physique had been “confirmed” with out releasing any additional particulars.

Nyirenda is just not the primary African scholar to be killed on the Ukrainian entrance preventing for Russia, a growth that has sparked fury throughout the continent.

A Tanzanian nationwide, recognized as Nemes Tarimo by his nation’s overseas ministry, was killed final October whereas preventing with Wagner in trade for cash and amnesty, the ministry stated in a expression on Tuesday.

Tarimo was a grasp’s scholar at Moscow Technical College learning enterprise informatics earlier than he was jailed for seven years on undisclosed felony costs in March final yr, the ministry stated, including that his physique had been shipped from Russia and is predicted to be there’ll arrive Tanzania quickly for the funeral.

Nyirenda, 23, was funded by the Zambian authorities to check nuclear engineering on the Moscow Institute of Physics Engineering however was convicted of unspecified crimes in Russia in 2020 and jailed for 9 years and 6 months, Zambia’s overseas ministry stated expression introduced his loss of life in November.

In a sequel expression Final month, the ministry stated Nyirenda was pardoned by the Russian authorities in August “to hitch a army operation in trade for amnesty” and “was killed whereas participating in army actions in September 2022.”

Yevgeny Prigozhin, chief of the Wagner mercenary group authorized to recruit Nyirenda from a Russian jail and stated he selected to battle to repay “(Africa’s) debt” to Russia and “died a hero”.