The Modern Digo Traditional Authority

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The Modern Digo traditional authority

The appointment of former Cabinet Minister Ambassador Chirau Ali Mkwawere as the spokesperson for the Digo community in Kwale County marks a significant step towards establishing modern traditional authority. This decision, made in the aftermath of the national election in August 2022, reflects the community’s desire for stability and cultural restoration.

Marere wa Mwachai, the former Msambweni MP, has been chosen as the community’s leader, while Prof. Hassan Mwakimako will serve as the secretary. Prof. Mwakimako emphasizes that the Mijikenda sub-tribes, including the Giriama, Chonyi, Duruma, Jibana, Kambe, Kauma, Rabai, and Ribe, are part of the larger community residing primarily in Kwale and Kilifi counties. The establishment of the new leadership council, referred to as the Ngambi in the Digo dialect, represents a concerted effort to revitalize traditional governance structures.

The Ngambi, once the traditional rulers and leaders of the Digo community, are now being restored to their former role for cultural preservation and restoration. This modern approach to traditional authority aims to bring an end to years of turmoil within the community and foster peace for future generations.

By embracing contemporary leadership within the framework of traditional governance, the Digo community seeks to navigate the complexities of modern society while preserving its cultural heritage. This shift towards a modern traditional authority reflects a recognition of the importance of tradition in promoting unity and resilience within the community.

As the Ngambi assume their role as the cultural custodians of the Digo community, they carry the responsibility of upholding values, customs, and traditions that have endured for generations. Through their leadership, the community looks forward to a future characterized by stability, cohesion, and prosperity.

Overall, the establishment of the Ngambi as the modern traditional authority for the Digo community signals a new chapter in the community’s historyβ€”one marked by a commitment to cultural preservation, collective governance, and enduring peace.