Nairobi senator Johnson Sakaja appeared conflicted when pushed on who he will support in the Kibra by-election slated for November.

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Speaking Wednesday night during a wide-ranging panel discussion on the Jeff Koinange Live (JKL), the Nairobi senator said he knew who he would have loved to support but would work with who the people of the Kibra Constituency will elect.

"And you see Jeff the predicament I am, whoever comes I will have to work with. So I don't think it's right for me to take sides as the senator of Nairobi but as Sakaja I know who I want, " Mr Sakaja said. (0:10-0:20)

He said that he had spoken with President Uhuru Kenyatta for Jubilee not field a candidate but after wide consultations, the party had opted to settle on former Harambee Stars player McDonald Mariga.

Since his party had a candidate in the race, the Nairobi senator said rules and regulations of Jubilee did not allow him to throw his weight behind another candidate.

"So as a member of the party governed by the political act that prevents me then from supporting another candidate, " the Nairobi senator continued. (O:47-0:57)

During the funeral ceremony of the late former Kibra Member of Parliament Ken Okoth, he had expressed a desire to see Jubilee and the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) field one candidate. 

The Kibra race has attracted a number of parties including Musalia Mudavadi's Amani National Congress (ANC) and Moses Wetangula's Ford-Kenya.

McDonald Mariga's candidature hangs in the balance after the Kibra Constituency returning officer disqualified him after his name was not found in the register.