L1 users: 10,200 (2001). Ethnic population: 18,000.
Njombe region: Ludewa district, Mwambao division, Lupingu and Makonde wards; Lake Nyasa northwest shore, Lifuma, Lupingu, Makonde, and Nindi main villages.
Vigorous in heartland area. All ages. Also use Swahili [swh].
Different from Kisii [guz] (Gusii) of Kenya. Christian, traditional religion.