The body of a Zambian student who was killed in Ukraine fighting for Russia has been returned to his home country.
Lemekhani Nyirenda died in September but Russian officials only informed Zambian authorities late last month.
The 23-year-old, young Nyirenda was a student at the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute.
However, during his stay in Russia, the Zambian youth was arrested for pushing drugs.
He was reportedly found guilty and sentenced to serve nine years in prison for what was billed down as “a drug offence”.
Later as the war between Russia and Ukraine erupted, in 2021, Lemekhan Nyirenda was taken out of prison and given some ultimatums for freedom.
He was given an amnesty in exchange for fighting for Russia in Ukraine which the young man eagerly accepted, this is according to the report from the Zambian government in Lusaka.
As it happens, Nyirenda, had initially been sponsored by the Zambian government to study nuclear engineering at the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute.
According to the Zambia’s foreign ministry, the scholarship went well until Nyirenda fell into trouble with Russian Government.
But the ministry said the student from Zambia was convicted in 2020 of unspecified crimes in Moscow.
The young man was then sent to prison for nine years and six months, in a statement released from Russia last month announcing his death.