Phoya considering presidential run

Blantyre Rural East Member of Parliament, Henry Duncan Phoya (HDP) says he will consider entering the 2014 presidential race.

Phoya speaking to Nyasa Times in a telephone interview however said he does not harbour presidential ambitions.

The 45-year-old lawmaker said those asking him to run for presidentwere simply exercising their freedom of expression.

Phoya: Keen to fix the problems

Fix-factor

Phoya said he does not want to personalise the aspirations to “change” Malawi from the current worse economic situation, saying he would rather be a team player.

He said “things have completely collapsed in Malawi” and the country requires a fix.

“I want to run away from this issue of personalising these things. I want to join a team of likeminded people to help fix our nation,” said Phoya.

He added: “[Presidential] aspirations should be secondary.”

Leadership

“I don’t have presidential ambitions but I have passion for this country,” stressed the former minister in both Bakili Muluzi and Bingu wa Mutharika administrations.

Phoya however gave his strongest indication that he may run for president.

“I will team up with a group of like-minded patriotic Malawians to provide good leadership,” he said.

The MP, who was key in saving President Mutharika “from the jaws of impeachment” when he had a minority government, was expelled from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) after opposing the enactment of repressive laws including the Injunctions bil .

HDP however says he is not bitter with the expulsion.

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