Did we panic? No, this was a very Zimbabwean coup
It was a regular day for me: the gym in the morning and a bout of afternoon procrastination, until a WhatsApp message from my sister in America about the tanks. She’d heard on the BBC that military tanks had started to appear on the streets of Harare.
This news should have alarmed me, but I didn’t believe it. Then the videos started coming through, from people who had stopped by the roadside to record an extraordinary sight. We scrolled through Twitter.
OK, so this was real. What to do? My sister and family members abroad went into full panic mode, advising us to move to somewhere safer. Had we stocked up on food? We told them not to worry, we would be fine.
Three days on, I wonder if any of us in Zimbabwe, besides those directly involved, felt a single moment of panic. We live 30 minutes’ drive out of Harare and that is enough to count as far away – and anyway, I know several ways out of my neighbourhood, so no worries there.
Incredibly, we all went to bed untroubled and a little excited. Because here’s the thing. Politics in Zimbabwe has occupied a space so far removed from our regular lives that it has become a kind of spectator sport for us. Read More
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