Opposition coalition NASA has clarified earlier media reports that they had a choice for the Nairobi deputy governor position.

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Governor Mike Sonko failed to name his deputy citing a last-minute intervention by the coalition whom he claimed had asked him to pick Rehab Ndambuki for the post.

NASA boss Norman Magaya has however denied the interpretation that the outfit had picked Ndambuki to deputize Governor Sonko. 

In a  phone conversation Saturday morning, Magaya stated that the coalition had no preferred candidate to replace Polycarp Igathe.

"We have not picked anyone as our choice for the position. What happened is that one of our members (Rehab Ndabuki) came to us seeking a recommendation letter. She came to the office earlier but didn't find us and this was delayed to Friday. That is the letter that was issued," confirmed Magaya.

Ordinarily, given that Governor Sonko was elected under the ruling Jubilee party, a deputy governor is supposed to be from the Jubilee party. On Friday Sonko defended his failure to make the announcement saying Raila had made a follow-up call to a letter from Magaya asking him to nominate their candidate.

Ms Ndabuki contested for the Nairobi Women Representative seat on a Wiper ticket during the 2017 elections. She emerged third after the incumbent Esther Passaris and Rachel Shebesh.