Bemba [bmy] is listed in E16/E17 as an Unclassified Bantu language of South Kivu province in the DRC. A more precise location is not given. It is difficult to interpret this entry as anything other than a duplication of the Bembe [bmb] entry -- a relatively well-known Bantu language of the Lega complex in South Kivu province ( van Bulck, Gaston [Vaast] 1952: 48 , Hulstaert, Gustaaf 1950: 31 , Biebuyck, Daniel P. 1973 ). The population of Bemba [bmy] is given as 296 000 which is a plausible figure if it refers to Bembe [bmb], and there is absolutely no sign of a different Bemba language of such a large population in Kivu province ( Kadima, Kamuleta 1983: 34-37 , Moeller, A. 1936 ). The alternative name Kinyabemba for Bemba [bmy] suggests that the information on Bemba [bmy] came from transient Bembe in Rwanda and therefore the equality with Bembe [bmb] may have been overlooked. See also: Bembe [bmb].
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