By Eric Tataw – Washington DC, USA, Sunday, April 26, 2020.
Family members of a former Cameroonian Senator who was rumored to have died have told National Telegraph it’s a hoax.
Senator Dr. Daniel Lyonga Matute is alive, close family members have authoritatively stated.
A National Telegraph on-the-spot secret stringer also filed in a report early Sunday, April 26, 2020, confirming the former Senator is alive.
Early Saturday, April 25, 2020, a hoax was widely circulated that the senior statesman had died at a hospital in Limbe, a tourist destination in Cameroon’s South West.
The Matute family dismissed the rumor of the death of their father, calling it a desperate attempt by some social media doppelgängers to achieve only “God Knows What”
“It’s unbelievable how some so-called activists from Limbe can do Facebook live shows announcing the death of a man who’s very much alive. They really ridicule themselves,” said a family member.
He’s former Mayor of the then Limbe Urban Council (1987-1992), Mayor of Limbe 1 (2007-2013), and Senator (2013-2018). The 75-year-old former lawmaker is a father of 6. He’s also a grandfather of 9.
Family sources, however, confirmed the former Senator has been sick but recovering, though they didn’t state the exact situation of his health. On Monday, April 6, 2020, news of the death of a Cameroonian Senator was also widely circulated.
A robust team of National Telegraph secret stringers with on-the-ground reports, however, dismissed the hoax and confirmed 101-year-old Victor Mukete was alive and as fit as a fiddle.