The Bantu Politics

According to, the Bantu people are largely discriminated in politics and thus have retained ancestral social structures. They associate themselves with the place of residence, as opposed to their clans. This means that the Bantu identify authority with lineage. This is further broken down into matrilineal kin groupings. Many have tried to integrate into a local dominant Somali clan, but very few have successfully done this. This discrimination was so strong in fact that “the Bantu lacked true representation in politics and access to government services, educational opportunities, and professional positions in the private sector.” Because of the Bantu’s link to slavery, they have remained second class citizens.