Currently, there are rumors claiming that Minister of Social Affairs (MINAS) KENDECK Pauline Irène Née NGUENE asked deconcentrated services to contribute funds for her mother’s burial. On May 26, 2021, the MINAS issued a statement denouncing the scheme.
“It has come to my attention that information is circulating on social media asking the staff of deconcentrated services to contribute money for the burial of my late mother (…) Regional delegates must stop any measure taken based on those social media posts,” the MINCA wrote.
At the Ministry of Social Affairs, some civil servants state that the whole thing is a scam scheme the MINAC is by no means involved in. “The Minister was unaware of the posts until recently (…) Logically, would a Minister ask her collaborators to contribute money for her monther’s burial? Is she so needy?” sources close to the MINAC question.
The impersonation of public figures, high-ranking officials notably, has become a common occurrence in Cameroon. The impersonators usually scour social media to scam their victims. In recent months, over 20 cases of impersonation were reported to the judicial police.