L1 users: 99,900 (2014 census), increasing. Census based on tribal affiliation.
Buyende, Kaliro, Pallisa, Kibuku, Serere, and Mayuge districts: Lake Victoria and Lake Kyoga basin; some in Kamuli, Kaberamaido, Kayunga, Bugiri, Namayingo, and Busia districts.
Prefer to use surrounding languages outside the home; seldom identify themselves as BaKenye. They shy away from their true identity for fear of being marginalized and discriminated against (Abdallah 2004). Mostly home. All ages. Mixed attitudes. Also use Ganda [lug], Gwere [gwr], Saamia [lsm], Soga [xog], Teso [teo].
Politically distinct from Ganda [lug]. Some Kenye people claim to be a displaced people of Ganda origin.