How Zimbabwe's 'coup' was captured on social media

By Tuesday evening, the first columns of army tanks and soldiers were seen heading towards the capital.

Barely 24 hours after warning the army will step in if the purge targeting officials linked to the country’s liberation war does not end, the army kept its word and indeed stepped in.

A few hours, later they had taken control of  the state broadcaster where they issued a statement and latest reports indicate the army has also blocked the Parliament.

Chaos erupted in Harare early Wednesday morning local time, with reports of explosions in the city also being reported.

The US embassy in Zimbabwe on Wednesday warned its citizens in the country to "shelter in place" due to "ongoing political uncertainty" as the crisis threatening President Robert Mugabe's government deepened.

As usual in today's world where nothing happens without being documented in social media, netizens all over the world detailed and recorded events happening by the minute from the moment the army left its barracks.

Here is how the downfall of Mugabe began tweet by tweet.

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