246,000 in Tanzania (2004 SIL), increasing. Total users in all countries: 602,000.
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. Positive attitudes.
Latin script [Latn].
Different from Nyika [nyf] (Kigiryama) of Kenya. Christian.