Zimba

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Population

120,000 (1994 census).

Location

Maniema Province, Kasongo territory, Mulu and Maringa collectivités.

Language Status

6a (Vigorous).

Dialects

Binja (Soe, Sole), Kwange, Mamba (Kyenyemamba), Semalinga, Semulu (Kisembombo, Nyembombo, Semolo). Kwange and Mamba dialects may be separate languages. Lexical similarity: 55% with Bembe [bmb]; 50% with Lega-Mwenga [lgm], Lega-Shabunda [lea], Buyu [byi], Mituku [zmq], and Enya [gey]; 40% with Nyanga [nyj]; 34% with Bangubangu [bnx]; 32% with Komo [kmw].

Language Use

Most speak Binja dialect. Semulu dialect is spoken in the northeast, Semalinga in the west. Many also use Congo Swahili [swc].

Other Comments

Christian, Muslim, traditional religion.