A ZAMBIAN man fighting alongside Russian soldiers against Ukraine has died, becoming the country’s first confirmed casualty in the war, Hon. Stanley K. Kakubo, Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation has revealed in Lusaka, Monday, 14 Nov.2022.
In April 2020, Mr Nyirenda contravened the laws of the Russian Federation and as such, he was convicted and sentenced to nine years and six months imprisonment.
However, it has been established that while serving his prison term, Mr Nyirenda was allegedly recruited to fight in Ukraine.
Mr Kakubo said Mr Nyirenda’s remains have been transported to the Russian border town of Rostov in readiness for repatriation to Zambia.
He said deceased was a government sponsored student, who was pursuing nuclear engineering at the Moscow Engineering Physics Institute in the Russian Federation.
“The Ministry is saddened to inform the nation that, on 9th November, 2022, it was notified of the demise of Mr Nyirenda, at the battlefront of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
Through the embassy of the Republic of Zambia in Moscow, the Ministry immediately proceeded to verify this information where it was established that Mr Nyirenda indeed passed away on 22nd September, 2022, in Ukraine.
The Embassy further established that Mr Nyirenda’s remains have since been transported to the Russian border town of Rostov in readiness for repatriation to Zambia, ” he said.
The Minister said in April 2020, Mr Nyirenda contravened the laws of the Russian Federation and as such, was subsequently convicted and sentenced to nine years and six months imprisonment.
He said Mr Nyirenda was serving his sentence at Tyer Medium security prison on the outskirts of Moscow.
“In view of this very sad development, the Zambian government has requested the Russian authorities to urgently provide information on the circumstances under which a Zambian citizen, serving a prison sentence in Moscow, could have been recruited to fight in Ukraine and subsequently lose his life,” he said.
Mr Kakubo said his Ministry is deeply saddened by the untimely demise of Mr Nyirenda under such circumstances and commiserates with the family on their loss.
“As Minister, i have been personally in touch, and will maintain contact, with the family of the deceased in order to provide an update on more details surrounding their loved one’s death, once official communication is received from the Russian authorities,” he said.
(Mwebantu, Monday, 14th November, 2022)
Zambia and Malawi exchange prisoners as way of promoting security and bilateral relations
THIRTY-ONE inmates from Malawi who were serving their sentences in Zambia have been transferred to Malawi Correctional Facilities while nine Zambian prisoners have returned home.
The Malawi Prisons Service and the Zambia Correctional Service exchanged inmates as one way of allowing them to complete their sentences in their home country.
Malawi Prisons Service Commissioner responsible for operations, Masauko Wiscot, said the exchange of inmates will reduce reoffending and subsequent overcrowding of prisons in both countries.
“The exchange will also foster inmates’ participation in the socioeconomic development in their respective countries,” he said.
He further said Malawi and Zambia signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enable the two countries to exchange inmates as one way of promoting security and bilateral relations.
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UN adopts Resolution led by Zambia, Canada on Ending Child, Early and Forced Marriage
THE United Nations General Assembly Third Committee has adopted a Resolution led by Zambia and Canada on Ending Child, Early and Forced Marriage.
The Resolution, that was co-sponsored by 125 members in the Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural), urges Member States to address root causes of gender inequality and violence, and tackles poverty and other root causes of early and forced marriage.
The Resolution was adopted by consensus.
Delivering a statement on the adoption of the Resolution, Permanent Representative of Zambia to the United Nations, His Excellency Dr Chola Milambo, said child, early and forced marriage jeopardizes the education, health, wellbeing and the future of millions of children around the world.
“It keeps too many girls and young women from reaching their full potential and hinders the development of communities and countries,” the Ambassador said.
He said globally, progress has been made to reduce the prevalence of child marriage, and 25 million girls have avoided child marriage over the last decade.
“But progress has been uneven, between and within countries, and unless we make efforts to accelerate change, the impact of COVID-19 could push the target 5.3 even further away, by putting 10 million additional girls at risk of child marriage over the next decade. This is extremely concerning,” said Dr Milambo.
This is according to a press statement idsued by Namatama Njekwa, First Secretary for Press and Public Relations at the Permanent Mission of Zambia to the United Nation.
Zambia and Japan to enhance cooperation in agriculture and manufacturing
ZAMBIA and Japan have agreed to enhance cooperation for mutual benefit in agriculture and manufacturing as part of the Tokyo International Conference on Africa Development (TICAD) initiative.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Stanley Kakubo said as part of his engagements this week, he conferred with Japanese State Minister of Foreign Affairs Odawara Kiyoshi.
“Zambia and Japan enjoy excellent longstanding relations since Independence. In 1970, Japan opened it’s mission in Lusaka and Zambia reciprocated by opening of a mission in Tokyo in 1975,” he said
The Minister said Zambia appreciates the support of the Japanese Government through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in various fields such as health, water and sanitation, energy, education and infrastructure development.
(Mwebantu, Friday, May, 20th, 2022)