65,000 (2003 SIL).
SVO; prepositions; noun head initial; noun classes; verbal affixation for subject, object, tense, aspect, mood and derivation; 36 consonant phonemes; 14 vowel phonemes; tonal
Vigorous. Other language speakers moving into the area learn Malila. Most domains including church and politics. All ages. Positive attitudes. Some also use some Swahili [swh], but proficiency is low compared to other area groups.
Little intermarriage. Christian.