488,000 (1991 census), increasing. 20,500 Tuku (2002 census).
West, south and southeast of Lake Albert, Kabarole, Ntoroko, Kibaale, Bundibugyo, Kamwenge, Kyenjojo Kyegegwa, and Kasese districts.
5 (Developing). De facto language of provincial identity in Kabarole and Kabale districts.
Latin script [Latn], used since 1978.
Standardized form of the western languages (Nyankore-Chiga and Nyoro-Tooro) is called Runyakitara, and is taught at the University and used in internet browsing, but is a hybrid language. Christian, Muslim, traditional religion.