MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa has hinted that his party could change its name as vultures circle on the country’s main opposition party ahead of crucial by-elections that might change Zimbabwe’s political landscape.

A sustained onslaught against the MDC Alliance by the Douglas Mwonzora led-MDC has created 48 vacancies in Parliament and over 80 in local authorities.

By-elections remain suspended under controversial regulations to slow down the spread of Covid-19, but the constitution says the polls must be held 90 days after a vacancy is declared.

MDC-T last week added to the political intrigue when it said it will contest the by-elections under the MDC Alliance barrier once they are called, a move some described as a potential killer punch for Chamisa’s party.

Chamisa however, insisted they were “10 steps ahead” of the rivals and for the first time hinted the MDC Alliance could be undergoing massive rebranding.

On Sunday Chamisa tweeted: “We are building a great new home for all who are honest, capable, principled, patriotic, incorruptible and selfless. “We are availing two vitals, a fresh, strong team and a fantastic great dream. A great Zimbabwe.”

The tweet sparked debate with his followers urging the MDC Alliance to move with speed in rebranding.

Meanwhile, Mnangagwa has been accused of trying to create a one party state by using state institutions to dismantle the MDC Alliance.

MDC Alliance deputy president Tendai Biti and six other legislators became the latest victim of recalls after speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda allowed the People’s Democratic Party to withdraw the MPs under controversial circumstances.