Showcasing its commitment towards the protection of the environment and respecting the ecosystem, Zambia is mourning the death of a giant pond fish at one of Zambia’s biggest public universities, the Copperbelt University (CBU).
The fish lived in the pond of Copperbelt University and students would pay homage to it before exams for good luck as many considered it as a stress reliever.
The mourning ceremony of the fish – affectionately known as Mafishi – has been mourned by political adversaries President Edgar Lungu, opposition leader Hakainde Hichilema, Zambia’s Higher Education Minister Brian Mushimba and the University students.
Mafishi was part of the aquaculture initiative of Copperbelt University and is said to have been in the pond for not less than seven years. To pay respect, the students lit candles and marched around the premises on the night of September 7.
Mafishi breathed her last on the night of September 7 and since then the word Mafishi has been trending on Twitter in Zambia.
President Lungu quoted Mahatma Gandhi while mourning the fish, writing that “the greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
Hakainde Hichilema said, “We stand with the CBU student community, past and present, over the death of their iconic pet Mafishi.”