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Tired with running battles with the youths in Mathare Area, one senior Police officer called a truce and used dialogue to end the skirmishes.

On Friday night, Inspector of Police Abdi Sanah was among security officers who had been deployed to keep vigil at Mabatini, in Mathare area shortly before the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) announced President Uhuru Kenyatta the winner of August 8 polls.


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Soon angry supporters of the National Super Alliance (NASA)’s Raila Odinga poured into alleys of the informal settlement, lighting bonfires and throwing stones at police officers.

On Saturday morning, and as teargas wafted in the air, Inspector Abdi Sanah of police Rapid Deployment Unit (RDU) emerged from one ramshackle house with two youths.

He signalled his colleagues not to throw teargas at the advancing group of youths. Minutes later, several youths and the Police crowded together in animated discussion.

The youths who had been hurling stones at the officers joined them to clear barricaded roads.

“We had been running after this group the whole night and part of the morning. I decided to pursue one to his hideout and talked him into coming out,” Sanah explained.

By Saturday night, violence had subsided. 

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