306,000 in Tanzania (1987), increasing. Population total all countries: 662,000.
Mbeya region: Mbozi district, Lake Rukwa south and west.
SVO; prepositions; noun head initial; noun classes; verbal affixation for subject, object, tense, aspect, mood and derivation; 34 consonant phonemes; 10 vowel phonemes; tonal.
Most domains except education, government. All ages. Very positive attitudes.
Latin script [Latn].
Different from Nyika [nyf] (Kigiryama) of Kenya. Christian.