Is Grace Mugabe poised to become Zim's next vice president?

The first lady's sudden political ascendency is being linked to the succession battles within the Zanu-PF.

FILE: Robert and Grace Mugabe at the 2014 Presidential Inauguration at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on 24 May, 2014. Picture: GCIS.

HARARE - Zimbabwe's first lady is in the news again, after a Member of Parliament (MP) from President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF party said she could become vice president.

Grace Mugabe confined herself to charity work until very recently and her sudden political ascendency is being linked to the succession battles within the Zanu-PF ahead of a congress in December.

At the moment, this is a call from one Zanu-PF MP, although it does appear to be backed by some party youths.

Justice Mayor Wadyajena says the sky is now the limit for 49-year-old.

According to NewZimbabwe.com, the MP from the central Gokwe district, says the first lady has the qualities which could allow her to challenge the vice presidency at a party congress in the next three months.

Mugabe made a sudden entrance into frontline politics last month when she was chosen to lead Zanu-PF's influential women's league.

The first lady has just been awarded a PhD from the country's flagship University of Zimbabwe after what appeared to be only a short period of study.