The fish identified as Mafishi lived in a pond in Copperbelt University and it was believed to have given students of the institution good luck.
According to a report by BBC, the students of the institution lit candles and marched around campus to mourn the fish identified as Mafishi.
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CBU students have believed that Mafishi would bring them good luck in exams. Reacting to the death of the fish on Facebook, President Lungu quoted Mahatma Gandhi: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. “I’m glad you received a befitting send-off. We’ll all miss you.”
According to CBU student leader, Lawrence Kasonde, the death of the fish is still being investigated. He said: “It is yet to be buried, we are planning on embalming it.”