609,000 in Uganda (2002 census), increasing.
Southwest, Ruwenzori mountains, Kasese and Bundibugyo districts. Olhughendera dialect in Bundibugyo District. Also in Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Lusongora, Olhughendera, Rukonzo (Rukonjo), Sanza (Ekisanza). Nande [nnb] (Kinande) in Democratic Republic of the Congo and Konzo [koo] (Lukonzo) in Uganda are 2 varieties of the same language. Nande [nnb] is influenced by French [fra] and Swahili [swh]; Konzo [koo] by Tooro [ttj]. Lexical similarity: 77% with Nande [nnb].
Home, market. All ages. Positive attitudes.
Konzo (Bakonzo) in Uganda and Nande (Banande) in Democratic Republic of the Congo both feel very much 1 people, ethnic autonym: Bayira. They believe they originated from the Rwenzori Mountains–the mountains belong to them and they to the mountains. This plays a very important role in their traditions and identity. Lusongora is most important dialect. Traditional religion, Christian.