Veteran politician Gwanda Chakumba has become the latest victim of a public figure death hoax and he says “its not funny” as he is still very much alive but receiving treatment in India.
Speculation has been rife on social media and various Whatsapp discussion chat groups, that Chakuamba was dead.
But Chakuamba speaking from India confirmed he had checked into al hospital for medical treatment,
The veteran controversial politician said he has got wind of the death rumours.
Chakuamba said he started receiving lots of phone calls from people asking if he was alright.
He laughed and said: ‘When did I die and where?'”
“I am receiving treatment and alive. It’s not funny and totally disrespectful to make up a story like this,” he said.
Foreign Affairs minister Francis Katsaira confirmed on Friday that Chakuamba is in India on government sponsorship on unspecified sickness.
It is alleged Chakuamba has cancer.
The veteran politican attributed the rumour of his death to haters who do not wish him well.
Chakuamba, in his late 80s, is the only remaining politician in Kamuzu Banda’s 1966 historic cabinet and remains a political force to reckon with in the Lower Shire.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :