Remembering Kamba Cultural Setup ~by Yoana kimwele

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Today we the county diary blog is remembering kamba cultural setups.
These are the recognized clans of the Akamba:
1.Aombe…….Ava Nthoka Na Katemi
2.Atangwa…….Ava Nthanze Kithio Ikitu
3. Ethanga……..Ava Suma Kilia
4. Atwii/Anthunzu….Ava Nthunzu
5. Aambua………Ava Mbula
6.Amuuti………….Ava Mbula
7. Amutei………..Ava Nguno
8. Aanziu………….Ava Muthike Kiloi
9. Ekuua…………..Ava Kavila
10. Akanga……….Ava Kavila-Kanolo
11. Aini/Aoni……….Ava Nthengo Ndune
12. Amwei……….Ava Muthesya
13. Euani………….Ava Mbuthu
14. Mulea Itema…..Ava Matuli Masimba
15. Amuunda…….Ava Usi
16. Akitutu………..Ava. Ndewa
17. Anzauni……….Ava Ndene
18. Akimii……….Ava Kithumbi Muusi
19. Aumoni……….Ava Aumoni
20. Angwina……..Ava Ngwina Kyuma
21. Amiw’a………Ava Mbuli
22. Akitondo……Ava Mbuli.
There are three key Aakamba apex leadership groups:
1. Akamba Clans Governing Council of Elders, consisting the elected leadership of all the above clans.
2. Thome Wa Atumia Ma Akamba, consisting of leaders from sub locations who were selected with the assistance of the provincial administration during the Kibaki era to represent Ukambani in a meeting of elders from the whole of Kenya. The National Cohesion and Integration Commission coordinated this inaugural meeting which gave birth to Thome.
3. The Nairobi based Akamba Council of Elders.
Can these groups become one? And what is their value?
Is your ethnic and clan identity important for you and, if so, for what?
What does it mean when you are asked: wi Mbai myau, mwivwa va, nzukulu va…?

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