“Mafishi was part of the #CBU community for a long time…. I'm glad you received a befitting send-off. We'll all miss you,” the president wrote on Facebook

Zambia President Edgar Lungu on September 8 joined students of one of the country’s leading university in mourning the death of a 'good luck' fish. Students from the Copperbelt University lit candles and marched mourning the fish which lived in a pond within the institution.

“Mafishi was part of the #CBU community for a long time…. I'm glad you received a befitting send-off. We'll all miss you,” the president wrote on Facebook while quoting Mahatma Gandhi, "The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated."

The death also trended on Twitter under the hashtag #Mafishi, as the fish was fondly referred to as. For almost 20 years, students at the campus believed that the fish would bring them good luck in their exams and they would pay homage to it before entering the exam room. Lawrence Kasonde, the president of the Copperbelt University Student's Union told the BBC that the fish's death is under investigation and that “It is yet to be buried, we are planning on embalming it."

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A video shared on Twitter depicted students standing around the pond and singing the national anthem. In a statement, Zambia’s minister for Higher Education Dr Brian Mushimba said that President Lungu has committed to restocking the pond once the investigation into Mafishi’s death is concluded.

Here are some of the reactions to Mafishi's death: