Fon Victor Mukete, a traditional chief who had been ill for several years and was also the oldest member of the Cameroonian Senate, passed away on Saturday, April 10, 2021, at the age of 103.
Born on November 15, 1918 in Kumba in the South-West region, Chief Fon Victor Mukete was the major actor of the reunification of Cameroon in the 1960s, and one of the guardians of the country’s memory. He is also the author of the book « My Odyssey: the story of the reunification of Cameroon ».
Chief Fon Victor Mukete was the Paramount Chief of the Bafaw in the South West region. In 2020, he handed over his seat to his son Ekoko IV Mukete.
He was also the chairman of the Board of Directors of Cameroon Telecommunications (CAMTEL). He had resigned from this position in March 2018, the year of his centenary on earth.
He was a highly respected moral authority because of his wisdom and frankness. Close to the ruling party, he did not hide his positions, which were often contrary to those of the regime, especially with regard to the crisis in the North-West and South-West regions.
It should be noted to deplore that in 24 hours, Cameroon has lost four high profile personalities. Yesterday it was the former Director General of CRTV, Professor Gervais MendoZe, the former Minister of Public Works Martin Aristide Okouda and the writer Guillaume Oyono Mbia.