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

The political organization of the Agikuyu
-The Agikuyu had a decentralized system of government.
-Several families made up a clan (Mbari).Each clan was ruled by a council of elders.(kiama). A senior elder (Muramati) coordinated the activities of the clan.
-Several elders(aramati)formed a higher council of elders (kiama kia athamaki)
-The functions of the higher council of elders included settling disputes, deliberating on day to day activities, administering justice and handled disputes, inheritance disputes and acted as a final court of appeal.
-They had warriors drawn from the age-set system, who defended the community from external aggression

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