- A good luck fish that lived on a university campus until its death was stolen
- Mafishi was stolen from a fridge at the university where it was kept and although the body had been cut into pieces, a technical team at the university has said it will put them together
- An investigation had been instituted to establish where it could be before it was found in the man's house
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The carcass of the Copperbelt University (CBU) iconic fish has been found in Wusakile Township at a house of an employee of the institution.
This virtually dashes the wish of CBU students to have the fish, named Mafishi, preserved or embalmed, however, all hope is not lost though.
A report by Daily Zambia showed there were efforts to put Mafishi together again despite having been cut into small pieces by the man.
The CBU vice-chancellor Naison Ngoma said in on Thursday, September 10 that although Mafishi had been cut into pieces, a technical team at the university had said it would be able to put them together.
“Our investigations have yielded some new findings. We have managed to locate Mafishi, it has been found at some house in Wusakile, cut in pieces,” the professor at the institution said.
The man was arrested following the discovery.
The iconic fish which died on Monday, September 7, had gone missing and students were worried their ‘hero’ may have been stolen and eaten.
Ngoma had confirmed the disappearance of “Mafishi” from a fridge at the university where it was kept and an investigation had been instituted to establish where it could be.
Copperbelt University Students Union president Lawrence Kasonde said the students had been trying to retrieve Mafishi from where it was kept by security officers but to no avail.
“We are really worried because we do not know the whereabouts of the fish. Our wish was for Mafishi to be embalmed, but we are not getting much help," Kasonde said.
Zambia President Edgar Lungu on September 8 joined students of the university in mourning the death of the nicknamed good luck fish.
Students from the institution of higher learning 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,” Lungu 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," he added.
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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.
Kasonde told the BBC that the fish's death was under investigation.
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