of Zambian student He, who died fighting in Ukraine, was buried in a private ceremony in his home country on Wednesday, a spokesman for the bereaved family told CNN.
Lemekani Nathan Nyirenda died on the front lines of the Ukrainian war last September while fighting for the Russian mercenary group Wagner.
His family representative, Dr. Ian Banda, told CNN Wednesday morning as the family headed to Nyirenda’s final resting place in his village.
“We are going to bury him now….we are in a motorcade…his (Niirenda’s) mother and father are in the car behind me. They are now I’m crying,” Banda told CNN.
Nyilenda’s body was returned to Zambia last month. His body, which arrived on 11 December, was transferred to the Zambian University Teaching Hospital morgue for an autopsy in accordance with Zambian law.
“Funeral, burial and memorial service procedures at the Niirenda family residence will only commence after the aforementioned mandatory legal formalities have been completed,” a family statement said at the time.
Banda told CNN that a forensic investigation into Nyirenda’s body was “confirmed” but did not provide further details.
Nyirenda is not the first African student to fight on the front lines in Ukraine fighting for Russia.
A Tanzanian national identified by Tanzania’s foreign ministry as Nemes Tarimo was killed last October when he was fighting Wagner in exchange for money and a pardon, the foreign ministry said. statement on tuesday.
Talimo, a master’s student at the Moscow Technical University, who studied business informatics, was jailed for seven years last March on undisclosed criminal charges, the ministry said, and his body was sent from Russia to He added that he was due to arrive in Russia. Tanzania to be buried soon.
Nyirenda, 23, was studying nuclear engineering at the Moscow Institute of Engineering and Physics, funded by the Zambian government, but was convicted of unspecified crimes in Russia in 2020 and sentenced to nine years and six months. Zambia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that he had received a month’s imprisonment. statement An obituary will be announced in November.
in follow up statement The ministry said last month that Nyirenda was pardoned by the Russian government in August “for participating in military operations in exchange for an amnesty” and was “killed while participating in military operations in September 2022.”
Evgeny Prigogine, leader of the Wagner Mercenaries Approved the adoption of Neerenda From a Russian prison, he said he chose to fight to “pay off his (African) debt” to Russia and “died a hero.”