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

Political organization of the Cushites:
All the Cushitic communities like other groups in Kenya, had decentralized forms of government. The clan formed the basic political unit for cushites. 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, acting as ritual experts, presiding over religious ceremonies and maintaining law. The Cushites developed an ageset system that had some political significance. After circumcision, the boys joined the age-set. At the end of an age cycle, a
ceremony was performed and the senior age sets retired.

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