Former Foreign Minister Chirau Ali Mwakwere is now the spokesperson of the Digo Community.
Mwakwere was elected to the position by the community based in Kwale County after a year-long search for a kingpin.
He will be deputised by former Msambweni MP Marere wa Mwachai. Professor Hassan Mwakimako was elected to serve as the secretary.
Mwakimako told the press that the new leadership known as Ngambi is expected to unite the community which had faced years of disunity.
“There is nothing wrong with the Digo having a traditional authority, just as is the case with other communities like the Kikuyu and the Luo, to ensure the protection and preservation of their traditions," he stated.
“We must unite as a community for us to be respected by others and make an impact on the country’s political and socio-economic scene."
Mwakwere assumes the new leadership role months after leaving Kalonzo Musyoka-led Wiper Party where he served as the chairman until December 2022.
Speaking to a local media house at the time, he reiterated his stance against a handshake between President William Ruto's government and the opposition of which Wiper Party was a partner.
“I cannot be in a party that is exhibiting confusion to the masses. If you count Azimio, don’t count me in. I resigned on December 25, 2022,” he told the outlet.
Mwakwere possesses vast experience in public service having served as the Foreign Minister (Between 2004 and 2005) and Transport Minister (until 2008) during the Mwai Kibaki regime.
He joined the public service in 1967 and held several position including serving as an ambassador in various countries. He served as Matuga MP for three terms.
His attempt at clinching the Kwale Gubernatorial seat in 2022 was, however, unsuccessful.