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 Social, Economic and Political Organisation of Kenyan Societies in the 19th C

Political organization of the Bantu
-All the Bantu communities in Kenya, except the Wanga sub-group of the Luhyia, had decentralized forms of government.
-The clan formed the basic political unit for all the Bantu communities.
-Each clan was made up of related families. Leadership of the clan was in the hands
of a council of elders who played a pivoted role in solving disputes, decided on inter-tribal marriages, maintaining law and order and making executive decisions affecting the community like declaring war. The Bantu had an age-set system that had some functions like defending the
community. The boys joined the age-set after initiation to provide warriors.

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