Sanctions haunt Dabengwa, wife… fail to get UK visas, Western Union funds frozen

ZAPU leader, Dumiso Dabengwa has revealed that targeted sanctions, which were imposed on him as one of the then Zanu PF top officials and government ministers, before he pulled out to revive Zapu still haunt him.


Dabengwa said this was because he and his wife have been denied United Kingdom visas, while funds sent to him from abroad through Western Union always get frozen.
In an interview yesterday, Dabengwa said on April 19 he submitted an application for a visa to the UK and handed over his passport at the Harare processing centre as is the norm.

“A few days after that I received a letter from Pretoria, South Africa, acknowledging a receipt of my application,” he said.

“But they were then saying they were aiming to process a non-settlement application within 15 days and on the same date, my wife also applied separately for a visa on invitation from our daughter in the UK.”

The former Home Affairs minister said the conference was slated for May 12 and once he accepted that invitation, they sent him the ticket believing he would get a visa.

“I did not get the visa until today, as I speak, this morning, because I am due to go for a medical check-up in SA next week. I then sent a request to have my passport returned because I did not have an indication of when the visa would be processed,” Dabengwa said. “This was after speaking with John Culley of British embassy in Harare asking why [there was] a delay in the processing of my visa. He responded that maybe it is because my name was on the sanctions list. But I said my name had been withdrawn from the sanctions list in 2010. I travelled twice to the UK after my name was withdrawn from the list.”

Dabengwa said the conference he had been invited to was to compare notes with researchers in the UK on Gukurahundi operations.

“I was invited together with Moses Mzila Ndlovu and we submitted applications for visas together. Mzila Ndlovu got his visa on May 9. Both my visa and that of my wife have not been processed to this day and I have requested the visa processing offices in Pretoria to return our passports and forget about the Visas issue,” he said.
“They have not responded to my request. I sent the request this morning (yesterday).”

Dabengwa said at one point, he was granted visa to UK after his name was removed from the list when he left Zanu PF, but the embassies cannot explain why his Western Union receipts get frozen.

“So I am virtually still on sanctions. I am the only Zimbabwean plus (Robert) Mugabe, who is still on sanctions.”


  1. Very sorry…

  2. sorry maybe its a mixup on who messed up things in zim between you and bob you never know with the british they have a tendency of distorting issues as they rely on internal black spies in this country who feed them with misinformation

  3. And then you have those who say sanctions are targeted….poor marksmanship

  4. Very sorry indeed, but are you aware that you did disappoint some British when you created Mavambo to destabilize Tsvangirai. I stand corrected you did say in your own words that you created Mavambo so that Tsvangirai would not see his way to state house is it not so. KARMA is B…..

  5. Karma has its way of coming back at one point, in your own words you said you created Mavambo so that Tsvangirai would not see his way to state house as you believed that he was a British plant, and it really worked against him, despite the fact that it was his constitutional right just like you and me to seek office. Today the same pipol you accuse of treating you with dirty gloves , you worked against them based on your own imagination that they planted Morgan to go to state house. Well its my opinion just like it was your opinion to destabilize Morgan

    1. why go all the way to uk to research about gukurahundi you are also to blame history has it that you applied for arms from Russian after your part was trounced by zanu pf in 1980 election lisithi lina kalibuswa ngamasvina

  6. How can they place you on the same sanctions list as the Bobster?. Silly them, the British!! Bayakudelela fosho! On another note, I strongly advise you take up the offer extended to you by ED-I can tell you here and now that the reformed croc honestly wishes to find a key role for you in the post-July cabinet. You can’t distance yourself from fellow liberators over solvable differences.

  7. the brits will never forgive the zpra for downing those planes that no other army did on our soils.

    1. Ahhhh Civilian planes and you leave the dakotas and other didiyas. Just like another fela who is celebrating of derailing a goods train and leave out a whole convoy of puruvheyas moving freely on the country side.

  8. The Brits always switch sides to fit what they call their interests. It’s littered throughout their history. They don’t forget and forgive easily. You have got to live with them to know what they still think about the 2nd world war. You will be surprised to hear it coming from people who had ancestors who slaughtered many aroundthe world.

  9. Am very very happy with what happened to you. And you the reason.

  10. Am very very happy with what happened to you. And you know the reason

  11. Zvakozvenyuhazvirehwimayivepi Mazivazvangumhakayakora

    Comment…Aha! Aha! Aha! Kotsvakeyi UK. Kuburitsa US$ nePoundka. Vana vedu vaidzidza muno venyu vanyu vachidzidza kunze kwenyika, garayimuno munyika yechipikirwa. Nhasi zvorwadza, chisi hachiyeri musi wacharimwa.

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