In the early hours of Wednesday, a senior army officer announced that he has dismissed Burundi’s embattled President Pierre Nkurunziza for seeking a third term against the warnings of the local and international community.

Major General Godefroid Niyombare, a former ally of the president, proclaimed in a radio broadcast that “President Nkurunziza is dismissed, his government is dismissed too.” Nkurunziza, who was at that time in crisis talks in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, dismissed his dismissal as a “joke.”

While uncertainty still hovers over who’s currently in charge of Burundi, several people have taken to the streets and social media to applaud the actions of the Major General. However, supporters of the president have also hit back at the coup, describing it as failed and ineffectual.

Here are some reactions we gathered from the micro-blogging site, Twitter, on the attempted coup.

By Tobi Eyinade


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