Robert Mugabe's years of playing one group off against the other to favour himself finally wore too thin in 2017.
The Mnangagwa regime's coercive acts are a continuation of the violence and brutality of the Mugabe era, while he seeks global re-engagement and selective national dialogue.
For many Zimbabweans Robert Mugabe will remain a contested figure.
Zimbabwe's upcoming elections potentially marks the start of a new order in the country, where the stakes are extremely high.
The credibility of Zimbabwe's elections will depend on issues like political violence and media freedom.
As Emmerson Mnangagwa blames Grace Mugabe for a failed bombing at a rally, his rivals try to find a way to close the gap.