Kaseke denied UK visa

Zimbabwe Tourism Authority chief executive Karikoga Kaseke has been denied a UK visa to attend one of the world’s largest travel and tourism fair which kicks off in London tomorrow.


The 36th edition of the World Travel Market (WTM) ends on Thursday.

Tourism and Hospitality Industry minister Walter Mzembi will lead the Zimbabwean delegation.

Responding to Kaseke’s application, the UK Home Office in Pretoria said in part: “You have applied for a Business Visit to attend the UNWTO and World Travel Market from November 3 to 6 2014. However, in light of your association, I consider it undesirable to issue you entry clearance and I am not prepared to exercise discretion in your favour.”

Kaseke was denied the right to appeal.

This is not the first time that Kaseke has been denied a UK visa.

Last year he was denied participation at the Zimbabwe international Tourism Exchange held annually in September.

Kaseke said it was strange that the European Union had lifted a travel ban on him, as has done the Australian and the US embassies.

“The UK seems to be operating on a standing divorced from the EU as they still maintain that I am on a travel ban. By virtue of being the head of tourism in the country, I am therefore the chief marketing officer of my country and it is unfortunate when I am denied participation at WTM which is arguably the world’s biggest travel show,” he said.

Kaseke said the reasons for denying him a visa were baseless and void given that the UK was the champion of human rights and freedom of association. He said the claims were political.

“In 2006 they wrote to me and at that time it was understandable, maybe because a lot of my colleagues in both government and business were denied on the same pretext of associating with Zanu PF. But most [bans] have been removed,” he said.

“It’s surprising when I’m penalised for associating with Zanu PF which is the ruling party.”

Kaseke said he would engage the British Ambassador to Zimbabwe Catriona Laing to seek clarity on the matter.

Deals brokered at last year’s WTM were worth over £2 billion.

8 Responses to Kaseke denied UK visa

  1. Simbi Tsuro November 2, 2014 at 2:56 pm #

    Dont worry Kaseke you can always send your junior officer who can do the job well. This thing of senior officers travelling all the time to get as much money as possible in allowances should be discouraged

  2. Karigamombe November 2, 2014 at 4:21 pm #

    Very sorry Mr Kaseke you guys you always breg with your we look Far East maybe there is no Business for you in this Fair which is taking place in Uk. We should stop biting the hand that feeds us

  3. Clemence Tashaya November 2, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

    Cde KK mamama henyu…Ask Joyce Mujuru to talk to them and you will go to UK but as long as you belong to Mujuru faction…..haulume coz we know that your good CV references the late Mujuru…..wamama cde… l used to advice you nhai?

  4. gombare November 2, 2014 at 7:40 pm #


    leave them alone you will attend the one in vic falls after all you make no difference to us

  5. chabvondoka November 3, 2014 at 8:03 am #

    Munodei kumabhunu amaka venga. Garai nevhu renyu murime mapodzi mudhle muchimwa.

    In a way that’s a great saving to the country coz many of you do not know why you go to do there. You start talking of the colonial era at a tourism function and lose it all.

    Keep your Zimbabwe and tell them to use that money kupa vanhu mvura mumaguta umu

  6. Miss Know It All November 3, 2014 at 8:34 pm #

    Hahaha trying to make noise to defend yo gamatox links. We know it: http://changezimbabwe.com/index.php/news-mainmenu-2/1-latest/649-zanu-pf-factions-spill-over-to-mujuru-wedding

  7. sherpard November 5, 2014 at 11:23 am #

    You can attend one that is being held in China Mr Kaseke, that is the good part about looking East policy, what do you want to do in the UK anywhere, I believe there are a lot of conferences taking place in China and among other Asian countries as favoured by your Zanu Pf. Nonetheless the Minister himself is there , so he will bring back the good news from the conference

  8. Cholosy November 6, 2014 at 3:55 pm #

    Baba ava vanoti iBusiness trip ivo varipahorodhi nenzenza

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