L1 users: 90,000 (Chebanne and Nthapelelang 2000). Total users in all countries: 105,000.
Matabeleland North province: primarily Hwange district; Lupane and Binga districts; Bulawayo.
5 (Developing). Recognized language (2013, Constitution, Article 6(1)).
None known. Slight pronunciation difference in Jambezi area. Reportedly most similar to Kalanga [kck].
Latin script [Latn].