The Thread: “If it looks like a coup, walks like a coup and quacks like a coup, then it’s a coup” | Twitter reacts to Zimbabwe’s military takeover

Following news reports showing military tanks rolling into Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital, home to Robert Mugabe, the 93 year old President, they’ve been conflicting stories as to whether a coup has taken place or not.


The coup (that is not a coup)is coming on the heels of Mugabe’s decision to sack his “powerful” Vice President, who was popular within the army and who it was hoped will take over the reins after Mugabe. It fueled rumours that Grace Mugabe was being set up to take over from her husband.

The military has since announced that there’s been no coup, that it’s simply removing “criminals” around Mugabe who were causing “social and economic turmoil”, yet their actions tell a different story:

  • Taking custody of Robert Mugabe
  • Seizing control of the state-owned TV station, ZBC
  • Checkpoints around key locations in the capital
  • Securing Robert Mugabe International airport

So is there a coup in Zimbabwe? Twitter weighs in:

Coup or no coup?

Most definitely a coup

Open the floodgates

It’s all her fault

Just desserts

Who would have thought it?

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