DAMBAZA family has dismissed reports circulating on social media that Bishop Berry Dambaza’s suicide was over alleged adultery by his wife.
Family spokesperson Tonderayi Ian Chimhuwa said the false information was spread by someone who claimed to be of Upper Room Ministries who wanted to please onlookers at the tragedy scene.
“I was called yesterday at around lunch time by one of my brothers informing me about the death of my brother, Pastor Dambaza,” said Chimhuwa.
“When I got there police were already attending the scene and there was an alleged suicide note which we are still to receive from anyone who may have accessed it.
“We did not get any information from police who are investigating the matter and the body was taken for postmortem.
“We are eagerly waiting to know what transpired and as a family we do not believe that our relative committed suicide.
“I want to hastily clarify on infidelity allegations circulating on social media that they are false.
“On the day in question Pastor Dambaza’s wife was attending to her ailing mother in-law since she does not work on Mondays.
“It is unfortunate that the mother in-law passed on this morning (Tuesday).
“We had to rush Pastor’s wife to a hospital where she was shortly admitted and discharged and I want to believe it was because of the false allegations that circulated soon after the tragedy.
“The rumour is very disgusting and traumatizing that it affected the whole family considering that we have another shock of the death of Pastor’s mother,” said Chimhuwa.
He said the family cannot conclude that Pastor Dambaza committed suicide unless they receive the said suicidal note and postmortem results.
Chimhuwa said he never heard any report against Sithembeni Dambaza’s conduct describing her as a God fearing assistant Pastor to her husband.
He described Pastor Dambaza as a man of few words, loving father, humble and quiet that it was amazing to hear him delivering his sermons whenever he paid a visit at his congregation.
Pastor Dambaza married Sithembeni in 1988 and her first daughter Oreen had a wedding in United Kingdom last week.
Chimhuwa said Pastor Dambaza wrote two books titled ‘How to become a vessel that God can use’ and ‘How to receive and release the anointing’.
H-Metro established that one of Pastor Dambaza’s last ministry activity was a wedding he solemnized in Bulawayo last Saturday and he last preached before his congregation three weeks ago.
At the time of his death he was expected to attend a leadership meeting and is expected to be buried at Glen Forest in Harare while his mother is expected to be laid to rest in Rusape on Saturday.