Lega-Mwenga

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Alternate Names
Ileka Ishile, Ishile, Isile, Kilega, Kirega, Lega-Ntara, Leka-Shile, Leka-Sile, Rega, Shile
Population

44,900 (2000).

Location

Sud-Kivu Province, Mwenga territory.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Bilembo-Mango, Ibanda, Isopo, Iyoko, Lusenge, Mizulo. Speakers say Lega-Shabunda [lea] and Bembe [bmb] are difficult to understand. Lexical similarity: 96%–88% among dialects; 76%–84% with Bembe [bmb]; 67%–81% with Lega-Shabunda [lea]; 60% with Buyu [byi]; 50% with Zimba [zmb], Enya [gey], and Mituku [zmq]; 45% with Nyanga [nyj].

Language Use

Congo Swahili [swc] is the language of instruction in school.