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

Political organization of the Akamba
-The smallest political unit among the Akamba was the homestead, (Musyi) comprising three to four generations of extended family. Outside the entrance of the homestead, there was an open space (thome), where men would sit and discuss
political and other important matters.
-The clan was the main political unit for the Akamba.
-There was also a larger territorial grouping above the clan called Kivalo that constituted a fighting unit.
-Junior elders defended their community. Medium elders
(Nthele) assisted in the administration of the community. The full elders (Atumia ma Kivalo) participated in delivering judgements. The senior most elders (Atumia ma Ithembo) were involved in religious activities.

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