"Senator and former minister Dakole Daïssala has just passed on at the Yaoundé Central Hospital.” This is the message that has been circulating since the evening of June 23 causing turmoil on the web.
Some users even declared that Senator Dakolé was already "bedridden". And that his state of health has deteriorated in recent days. Therefore, "his death comes as no surprise."
However, when checking this "information," we found out that it was false information. At the time of writing this article, the parliamentarian was truly in Yaoundé but not at a hospital.
When contacted by telephone, the Senator and President of the Movement for the Defence of the Republic (MDR), a political party based in the Far-north of Cameroon, replied: "I am fine. I am alive. I am in the middle of a parliamentary session.” Several parliamentarians we contacted confirmed that this was a hoax, as "Mr. Dakolé is participating fully in the current June session."
Former Minister of Posts and Telecommunications from 1992 to 1997, Dakolé Daïssala, aged 77, is one of the 30 senators appointed by President Paul Biya in 2018. This is not the first time that a rumour about his presumed death is posted on social media.