>> The dawn of a new era.>> A new beginning.>> What we need is forgive each other and build this country again.>> Calls for change on Zimbabwe's streets as people say goodbye to Robert Mugabe.>>
>> A man accused of destroying a once promising economy and of human rights abuses during his nearly four decades in power.
>> The correct path.>> But will Emmerson Mnangagwa, the man who will be sworn in as President on Friday represent a break from past? Most of Zimbabwe's 16 million people live in poverty. Legacy of a country that lurched from one economic crisis to another. Such as the seizure of white-owned farms by black gangs at the start of this century.
Mugabe called it a correction of colonial injustices, but the impact was catastrophic. By mid 2008 inflation had hit 500 billion percent. The country's economy had shrunk by a third and more than 80% of people were unemployed. And some experts are warning the Zimbabwe economy is once again tilting on the brink.
It adopt the US dollar in 2009 but now faces a sever shortage of green bucks. Inflation is surging, imports are running out, and people queue through the night just to be able to withdraw some money. But President in waiting Mnangagwa may not be the break from the past Zimbabweans are hoping for.
The once close ally of Mugabe has held a post in every administration since independence. And backed Mugabe's policies of economic nationalism. Attention also being paid to his record on human rights. Amnesty international says during Mugabe's reign, tens of thousands of people were forcibly disappeared, tortured or killed. And many Zimbabweans remain hostile to Mnangagwa because of his human rights record.
He was in charge of internal security in the mid-1980s when Mugabe sent a crack team of North Korean trained troops against rebels loyal to a rival. Rights groups say 20,000 civilians were killed. Mnangagwa role in that remains shrouded in mystery. But as he steps into Zimbabwe's spotlight, many will be hoping that he doesn't represent more of the same.