UK warns citizens in Zim to avoid large gatherings

The UK has urged its citizens in Zimbabwe to ensure their travel documents are up-to-date.

FILE: The UK government has told its citizens in Zimbabwe to avoid large gatherings. Picture: EWN.

ZIMBABWE - The United Kingdom (UK) government has told its citizens in Zimbabwe to avoid large gatherings as President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF holds a congress likely to see a major shake-up in the top ranks of the party.

Mugabe's re-election as president of the party is certain as he's the only candidate, but there's confusion over who will be appointed as his two deputies.

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office makes specific reference to the Zanu-PF congress.

It's telling its citizens in Zimbabwe to steer clear of all large gatherings and to monitor local media.

There's tension and undeniable excitement ahead of this congress which could see senior leaders including Vice President Joice Mujuru ousted in a purge that wasn't foreseen just a few months ago.

In its notice to travellers, the UK urges its citizens in Zimbabwe to make sure their travel documents are up-to-date in case they have to leave at short notice.