I shall remain circumspect about this coup in Zimbabwe for now. I’m not convinced that the situation will improve much. It appears that the army and various political factions have exploited the physical frailty of Mugabe and the unpopularity of his wife, Grace, to seize power.
But will anything really change? These are the same people who have supported Mugabe until now and haven’t meaningfully opposed the tyrannical and disastrous policies that have reduced Zimbabwe to crushing poverty since the early 2000s. This may just be a jostling for position rather than an attempt to change anything.
Things are pretty bad in Zimbabwe, but there is nothing to indicate that anything will get better after the events of today.