Schools close early for Zanu-PF congress

In an announcement that caused some chaos, the authorities ordered all schools in the capital to close.

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his wife, Grace Mugabe, at the funeral of his last surviving sister, Bridgette Mugabe, on 21 January 2014. Picture: EPA/AARON UFUMELI.

HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF kicks off its congress this week and more than 12,000 delegates will be attending.

In an announcement that caused some chaos, the authorities ordered all schools in the capital to close a week early so that delegates have somewhere to stay.

Schools were supposed to close on Thursday but that's when the Zanu-PF congress begins, so the education ministry said that all schools in Harare should close on Friday.

Initially,the reason given was special circumstances but now it appears that the schools will be used to put up the 12,000 Zanu-PF delegates expected to attend.

State media is forecasting today that there will be surprises at this congress saying Vice President Joice Mujuru will be demoted from her position.

President Robert Mugabe's party holds a conference every year but a congress only every five years.