L1 users: 150,000 (1987), increasing. Total users in all countries: 220,000.
Mbeya region: Ileje district, into Malawi, between Lambya and Nyakyusa.
SVO; prepositions; noun head initial; noun classes; verbal affixation for subject, object, tense, aspect, mood, and derivation; 19 consonant phonemes; 10 vowel phonemes; tonal.
Vigorous. Most domains. All ages. Positive attitudes. Also use Swahili [swh].
Latin script [Latn].
Christian, traditional religion.