Zambia: Body of Lemekani Nathan Nyirenda, killed fighting in Ukraine returns home


The physique of Lemekani Nathan Nyirenda, a fighter recruited by the mercenary group Wagner for fight operations in Ukraine, was returned to Zambia on Sunday.

Nyirenda’s physique arrived at Kenneth Kaunda Worldwide Airport within the capital Lusaka and was accompanied by Zambia’s Ambassador to Russia, Shadreck Luwita, its overseas ministry mentioned.

The physique was acquired by Nyirenda’s household and overseas ministry officers, the ministry acknowledged in a series of tweets Sunday.

In company footage from the airport, a coffin could be seen in a white hearse with Cyrillic writing on the skin indicating the provenance of the casket.

A gaggle of choral singers and grieving relations have been on the airport to obtain Nyirenda’s physique.

He died in battle in Ukraine in September combating for the Russian aspect.

His stays will likely be “transported on to the College Hospital Mortuary” after which a collection of autopsy checks will likely be carried out earlier than the physique is launched to the household and burial will happen, Nyirenda’s family mentioned Sunday.

Nyirenda, 23, was sponsored by the Zambian authorities to review nuclear engineering on the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute, in accordance with the southern African nation’s overseas ministry.

The ministry mentioned the scholar was convicted in 2020 of unspecified crimes in Russia and despatched to jail for 9 years and 6 months, in a statement final month saying his demise.

Yevgeny Prigozhin, identified by the moniker ‘Putin’s Chef,’ due to profitable catering contracts he secured from the Kremlin, has admitted to being the top of Wagner. In the summertime Prigozhin himself was main recruitment drives in Russian penal colonies.

He appeared in numerous social media movies encourage prisoners to affix the ranks of Wagner. In change for a tour of responsibility, prisoners are granted a wholesome wage and amnesty upon completion – and survival – of six-month tour. Or they might obtain a lump sum fee to their households on occasion of their deaths.

A relative of Lemekani Nyirenda, who died in the conflict in Ukraine in September, is consoled as his coffin arrives at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka on Sunday.

Final month, Prigozhin admitted to recruiting Nyirenda from a Russian jail, saying he selected to battle to “repay (Africa’s) money owed” to Russia and “died a hero.”

Talking to parliament on Friday, Zambia’s International Minister Stanley Kakubo said Nyirenda was pardoned by the Russian authorities in August “to affix a army operation in change for amnesty.”

The suggestion from Minister Kakubo in his assertion on Friday is that, the Russian authorities is conscious and approves of Prigozhin’s recruitment of Russian prisoners in Ukraine, one thing the federal government has by no means commented on.

Final week, Russian media outlet RIA FAN, a part of a media holdings firm run by Prigozhin, printed an article and video displaying a “farewell ceremony” for Nyirenda at a chapel in Krasnodar, southern Russia.

A hearse carrying the remains of Lemekani Nathan Nyirenda at Lusaka's Kenneth Kaunda International Airport.

Florence Nyirenda, Lemekani Nyirenda's mother, is comforted by family members at the airport in Lusaka, on December 11.

The video exhibits eight males in army fatigues, all clutching a candle surrounding a coffin draped in a Wagner black and pink catafalque with a photograph of Nyirenda and two medals on prime.

The article accompanying the video says that Nyirenda “died close to Bakhmut” and that he was “an attacker within the ranks of PMC Wagner.”

Bakhmut has been the scene of among the fiercest combating in jap Ukraine, and a entrance the place Wagner troopers have been combating.

The chapel, which is briefly seen from the skin is called the ‘Wagner Chapel’ and is a really uncommon look inside a secretive location related to Wagner.

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