(meaning “We shall be back”) are Kalenjin who were assimilated by the Luhya people of western Kenya, sharing the land with the Bukusu tribe. The Tachoni Clans. They live mainly in Webuye, Chetambe Hills, Ndivisi (of Bungoma County) Matete sub-county and Lugari sub-county
in Kakamega County. Most Tachoni clans living in Bungoma speak the ‘ Olutachoni dialect of the Luhya language, and they are subsequently often mistaken as Bukusus. They spread to Trans-Nzoia County especially around Kitale, and to Uasin Gishu County near Turbo, Eldoret. Among the Tachoni clans are Abakobolo, Abamuongo, Abamarakalu, Abangachi, Abasang’alo, Abasamo, Abayumbu (mostly around Webuye), Abamuchembi, Abachambai, Abacharia, Abakabini, Abamakhuli, Abasioya, Abaabichu, Abamachina, Abamutama, Abakafusi, Abasonge, Abasaniaka, Abaabiya, Abakubwayi, Abamweya, Abachimuluku. Note that the morpheme ‘aba’ means ‘people’. The Abakhusia/abasamo of Kabras are also Tachonis who speak Kikabras.
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speak Lutachoni and occupy Lugari, Bungoma and Malava districts. Tachoni clans include Abachambai, Abamarakalu, Abasang’alo, Abangachi, Abasioya, Abaviya, Abatecho, Abaengele. The Saniaga clan found among the Maragoli in Kenya and the Saniak in Tanzania are said to have originally been Tachoni.
Other clans said to have been Tachoni are the Bangachi found among Bagisu of Uganda, and Balugulu, also found in Uganda and the Bailifuma, found among the Banyala.
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