The Dambaza family suffer a double blow after losing their father Bishop Berry Dambaza and his mother who died hours after her son’s tragic end.
Dambaza, the author of two Christian books, was a senior pastor at the Pentecostal Assemblies of Zimbabwe (PAOZ) Upper Room Ministries, one of the biggest churches in the country with over 200 branches.
The church today moved to deny social media rumours that Dambaza took his life after walking in on his wife, Sithembeni, with another man in an office.
“Those rumours are entirely and wholly untrue. They are malicious and extremely regrettable,” PAOZ spokesman Reverend Craig Ndoro told ZimLive.
“Yesterday, when this tragic incident happened involving the bishop, his wife was actually at home nursing the bishop’s mother, and we have just received terrible news that she has also died.”
ZimLive understands that Sithembeni Dambaza was so traumatised by the loss of her husband and mother-in-law in such a short space of time that she has been admitted to a hospital.
Ndoro added: “In short, Bishop Dambaza’s wife of over 30 years was not cheating on him, and no, he did not find her in a compromising position in the office. We’re not sure who has been generating these rumours and spreading them. They are very hurtful not just to the family but the church as well.”
Police were called to the Rezende Parkade in central Harare after 2 PM on Monday over reports of a dead body in the car park exit and are still investigating the 59-year old’s death.
Bishop Dambaza joined Upper Room Ministries in 1996 from Rivers of Life Ministries in Harare where he was a pastor.
He worked as a pastor at the church’s branches in Marondera and Kambuzuma in Harare before his promotion to be a senior pastor at the main church.
He is survived by two sons and two daughters with his wife, Sithembeni.
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