The late Bishop Barry Dambaza’s 90-year-old mother died on Monday a few hours after the clergyman’s apparent suicide in Central Harare.
Bishop Dambaza, who was a senior pastor at the Pentecostal Assemblies of Zimbabwe (PAOZ) Upper Room Ministries, fell four floors to his death at a car park along Rezende Street in Harare on Monday afternoon.
On Tuesday, PAOZ refuted social media rumours claiming that Bishop Dambaza committed suicide after catching his wife with another man. The church’s spokesperson, Reverend Craig Ndoro said:
Those rumours are entirely and wholly untrue. They are malicious and extremely regrettable.
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.
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.
Bishop Dambaza touched many lives in Zimbabwe and internationally, perhaps that’s why we have rumours flying quicker than facts.
But those that know him, his wife and children know that no such issues are true, and that gives us a bit of comfort.
The late Bishop’s wife, Sithembeni is reported to have been traumatised from losing her both husband and mother-in-law in such a short space of time and had to be admitted to a hospital.