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The Kamba People. By David N Mutua (Kamba)   The Kamba ( Akamba in the plural) are a Bantu ethnic group who live in the semi-arid Eastern Province of Kenya stretching east from Nairobi to Tsavo and north up to Embu, Kenya . This land is called Ukambani . Sources vary on whether they are the third, fourth or the fifth largest ethnic group in Kenya. They speak the Bantu Kikamba language as a mother tongue   Origin The Kamba are a relatively new ethnic group, having developed from the merger of various Bantu communities in the vicinity of Mount Kilimanjaro around the 15th century. They are believed to have reached their present Mbooni Hills stronghold in the Machakos District of Kenya in the second half of the 17th century. [ 2 ] Distribution According to Ethnologue , there are approximately 3,960,000 Kamba speakers, with the number increasing. [ 1 ] They live in Kenya, and are concentrated in the Machakos and Kitui districts of the Eastern Province and the