Office of The Director General

The Office of the Director-General/Chief Executive Officer shall, subject to the direction of the Board:-

(i) be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Bureau;
(ii) manage the funds and property of the Bureau;
(iii) be responsible for the management of the staff of the Bureau;
(iv) cause to be prepared for the approval of the Bureau;
(a) the annual work programmes of the Bureau;
(b) the annual budget, and audited accounts of the Bureau.
(v) provide any special information or report concerning, any of the matters specified in the First Schedule of the Statistics Act, 2006;
(vi) disseminate to the public statistical data collected by the Bureau;
(vii) coordinate the implementation of the Bureau’s strategic plans and realization of its objectives;
(viii) oversee the preparation and implementation of the performance contracts and appraisal systems of all the departments;
(ix) develop and implement effective financial management policies and systems;
(x) ensure proper management and accountability of funds in line with financial and budgetary policies and procedures of government and other stakeholders;
(xi) oversee the Bureau’s operations to ensure efficient, quality and cost effective management of resources;
(xii) sign all government and donor grant agreements and contracts and related documentation on behalf of the Bureau;
(xiii) identify and source for strategic development partners;
(xiv) ensure annual financial audit is conducted and recommendations addressed; and
(xv) Develop and implement effective human resource management and administrative policies and systems.

Internal Audit Division

Internal Audit Division is established under the Director General’s office and reports functionally to the Board through the Audit Committee of the Board. The Division has the following functions:-

(i) formulate and coordinate the implementation of internal audit policies, strategies and plan;
(ii) provide assurance on effectiveness of internal controls & compliance in all the directorates;
(iii) ensure that risks are appropriately identified, developed and managed;
(iv) develop annual risk matrix for KNBS and Quarterly review of KNBS Risk management practices and matrices;
(v) conduct risk-based, value-for-money and systems audits;
(vi) ensure that interaction with various governance groups occurs as needed;
(vii) ensure compliance to KNBS policies, laws and regulations;
(viii) ascertain correctness and accuracy of accounting reports;
(ix) ensure adherence to laid down financial rules and regulations;
(x) conduct special audits & investigations;
(xi) set up & implement systems in accordance with auditing standards;
(xii) ensure efficiency, effectiveness and economy in use of KNBS resources and safeguard assets;
(xiii) compile and issue Audit reports; and
(xiv) conduct follow up on audit issues raised.

Legal Services Division

The Legal Services Division has the following functions:-
(i) provide legal advice and counsel to Board and Senior Management;
(ii) promote Bureau’s corporate governance;
(iii) ensure Board members have proper advice and resources for discharging their fiduciary duties;
(iv) ensure that the records, minutes of the Board reflect the proper exercise of those fiduciary duties;
(v) keep accurate and sufficient documentation to meet legal requirements;
(vi) represent Bureau in all litigation and advising on all contracts to protect the interest of the Bureau;
(vii) give legal opinions on any complex legal issues;
(viii) ensure effective management of legal and contractual risks;
(ix) draft legal documents as required;
(x) monitor developments in relevant law;
(xi) conduct legal research;
(xii) conduct legal and governance audits;
(xiii) serve legal documents as required by law;
(xiv) attend court registries and file documents as required;
(xv) receive court processes and file as required; and handle routine legal processes

Supply Chain Management Division

The Supply Chain Management Division has the following functions:-

(i) coordinate Procurement and Disposal Planning;
(ii) tender process;
(iii) expedite the procurement and disposal processes;
(iv) research and market survey;
(v) project management;
(vi) contract management;
(vii) supplier appraisal and management;
(viii) stores/supplies management;
(ix) inspection and acceptance process; and disposal of stores and equipment

Strategy and Planning Section

The Section has the following functions:-

(i) coordinate the Quality Management System;
(ii) coordinate the strategic planning process and monitoring corporate performance against defined performance indicators;
(iii) coordinate the implementation of the Bureau’s strategic plans and realization of its objectives; and
(iv) coordinate the preparation and implementation of the performance contracts and appraisal systems of all the departments.

Board of Directors

Stephen Wainaina, MBS

Stephen Wainaina, MBS

Board Chairman

Economic Development and Public Policy Consultant

Mr Stephen Wainaina, MBS, is an Economic Policy specialist, with strong background in statistics and Policy formulation, analysis, management and implementation. He possesses wide experience in Strategic Policy formulation, implementation and monitoring, especially in the area of Development planning and Public Policy. He started his career in the Public Sector in the then Central Bureau of Statistics in the Ministry of Planning and Development in October 1981.

He holds an MA Degree in Development Economics, which he attained at the Center for Development Economics, Williams College, Massachusetts, USA in 1985. For his undergraduate studies, he attended the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and was awarded a BA Honours degree in Economics in 1981.

Mr Wainaina served for over 33 years in the Public Service rising to the Position of Economic Planning Secretary in the Ministry of Planning, currently The National Treasury and Planning, a Position he held for 10 years. Before then, he served as the Director of Planning but also as Economist/Statistician and at various other Senior levels. In addition he served as an Alternate/Director in Several State Corporations, including: Egerton University, KNH, NACC, Tobacco Control Board, AFPRB, Kenivest, Kemri, NCPD and KNBS. He also took official leave of absence from Government Service and Served in two UN Agencies, namely UNCHS (Habitat) and an UNCTAD Project, both as a regular staff member and as a Consultant.

In 2008, Mr Wainaina was honored through an Award of the Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS) by HE the President of the Republic of Kenya for his exemplary Services in the Public Sector, and in recognition of his contribution to the preparation of Kenya Vision 2030.

Since January, 2015, Mr Wainaina has been working full-time as Development and Public Policy Consultant. He served as a Director in the Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP) Network in the period 2013 – 2016. Since 2017 he serves as a Policy Mentor in the PEP Network.  His most recent engagements in Consulting include assignments with:  SIDA, USAID (Futures Group/Palladium Group), IGADD, ACBF/ADB, UNDP, IFAD, World Bank and PEP, among Other Development Agencies. He has also taught briefly at Strathmore Business School (SBS), Strathmore University, as an Adjunct Lecturer.

Mr. Macdonald George Obudho, MBS

Mr. Macdonald George Obudho, MBS

Director General
Top Management
Macdonald George Obudho

Macdonald G. Obudho joined Kenya National Bureau of Statistics in 1995. He holds a Master of Science degree in Statistics from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the same university. He is currently pursuing PhD course in statistics.

He has risen through the ranks from Economist/Statistician II (2) to the current position of Director General. Mr. Obudho has vast experience in conducting population and housing censuses including the first ever Kenyan digital census that was conducted in 2019. He has competency in designing and carrying out statistical sample surveys and compilation of official statistics. He has successfully spearheaded many surveys in the areas of demography and social statistics.

From his statistical background, he is experienced in designing and creating different types of statistical household sampling frames. He also served in the KNBS field offices and later coordinated them for many years. His experience in top management spans over 13 years. He has a number of certificates under his name that arise from short and long courses, workshops, conferences and seminars attended both locally and abroad.

He serves in a number of Boards including Hazina SACCO Ltd. As a result of exemplary work in design and execution of the 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census, Mr. Obudho was honoured with a State Award; The Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS).

Mrs. Katherine Muoki

Mrs. Katherine Muoki

Alt. to Principal Secretary State Department for Planning, The National Treasury and Planning

Katherine Chiteri Muoki is a long serving career Civil Servant who has risen through the ranks to the position of Director of Economic Planning responsible for Infrastructure, Science, Technology and Innovations. She has also held the position of Director of Gender for an intermittent period. She holds a Bachelor of Education Degree (Economic & Business Studies), 1st Class Honours from Kenyatta University and a Masters of Arts (Economics) Degree from the University of Nairobi.


Mrs. Muoki has technical expertise in a number of areas that include; Economic Policy Formulation, Development Planning and Analysis; Strategic Planning; Project Management, Monitoring and Evaluation and Impact Analysis; Speech Writing; Participatory Poverty Assessment; Qualitative and Quantitative Statistics Analysis; Human Development Analysis; Research Techniques; Public Finance Management including Budgeting; and Capacity Building.

Among the key activities that she has initiated and/ or coordinated and provided leadership include the drafting of the Poverty Reduction Paper, the Economic Recovery Paper for Wealth Creation, the Vision 2030 and the three Medium Term Plans for the implementation of the Vision 2030. Further she was a member of the think tank that initiated the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) Budgeting Framework. She has co-convened various MTEF budget Sector Working Groups for several years. Further she has initiated development of other key policy documents such as the National Gender Policy, the Status of Women Report, and Kenya National Human Development Reports among others. She has also provided leadership in Participatory Poverty Analysis Studies.

Over the years, Mrs. Muoki has served on several boards. These include, the pioneer boards of the National Commission for Gender and Development; Women Enterprise Fund Advisory Board; Uwezo Fund Oversight Board; Anti-Female Genital Mutilation Board and Affirmative Action Social Development Fund Board. She has also sat on the National Commission for Science and Technology and the Lake Basin Development Authority Board.

Mrs. Muoki is the recipient of two (2) State Awards; Head of State Commendation (HSC) in 2013 and Order of the Grand Warrior (OGW) in 2016

Mr. Japh Okoth Olende

Mr. Japh Okoth Olende

Board Member

Mr. Japh has been a Senior Business Consultant since the beginning of 2016 after his tenure at AIG Insurance Company spanning over 36 years. At AIG, he was the Chief Executive in charge of East Africa Region for over 19 years.

During his tenure at AIG he acquired extensive experience in all technical aspects of the business, having worked in all departments including Finance, Claims, Underwriting and Distribution.  He was part of the AIG Africa Executive Committee which was charged with the responsibility of developing and implementing key business strategies for the Africa Zone including expansion of the brand in East, West and Southern Africa

Some of his key achievements included: Modelled AIG into a customer centric organization, with compelling value proposition and excellent service delivery second to none in profitability in the East Africa insurance industry; he was honored by the Kenya Insurance Industry with Life Time Achievement Award for outstanding role in developing the insurance industry in East Africa and mentoring a number of the present industry leaders and played a leading role in shaping the policy direction of the insurance industry including the formation of the college of insurance, a first one of its kind in Africa.

He has an extensive international working experience having worked in Frankfurt, Hong Kong, London, New York and South Africa. He has presented papers at a number of international conferences including Brookings Institute in Washington DC & Chatham House in London,

Mr. Japh has played leadership roles in the past as: President of American Chamber of Commerce Kenya Chapter; Director General of the Insurance Institute of Kenya; Director of the Retirement Benefits Authority; Director KEPSA; Director AIG Kenya & Uganda and Muthaiga Golf Club.

He currently holds directorships of a number of companies including:

Barclays Bank Kenya Ltd; Chairman Barclays Insurance Agency; Jadala Investments company; Ler Limited; 25th Investment Company and Jumbo Chem Company Kenya Ltd.

Mr. Japh Okoth Olonde is a graduate of the University of Nairobi and is a Chartered Insurer of CII London as well as a Member of the Institute of Directors and Certified Trustee.



Mr. Francis M. Nkako

Mr. Francis M. Nkako

Board Member

Francis M Nkako is a graduate of the National Defence College-Kenya, holder of MSc (EIA) from the University of Wales-UK and BSc rom Nairobi University-Kenya. He has attended several short courses, including on corporate governance, security and natural resource management. He is registered as a Lead Expert in EIA for purposes of carrying out environmental assessments and audits in Kenya by the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA).

Francis has 30 years’ experience mainly in the environmental management; rural development, integrated development.  Others Conservation and natural resources management, wildlife/Forests/ water towers  management (policy, legal, security and enforcement aspects), tourism; protected area (parks and reserve) management and human-wildlife conflicts and  institutional management.

He has successfully worked with projects funded World Bank Tana GEF, USAID, WWF Traffic (illegal trade) EWALS/KFWG/UNEP  WWF, British Army, the Royal Netherlands Embassy (Tana Delta), JICA, He among  others. He has interacted and collaborated with various development partners, government departments, and local communities, NGOs, policy makers, CBOs and various other stakeholder agencies.

He has gained significant experience in river basin management and integrated development through the Tana Delta projects, Tana River Basin through the Tana GEF projects, Integrated river basin development as the Managing Director -ENSDA  e.g. Mara River Basin with WWF, Ewaso Ngiro River basin, Lake Naivasha, Nakuru, among others..

He has experience in policy, organizational development; participatory methodologies to development as well as rights and community based approaches to development. He has extensive experience managing and working on projects related to community development, natural resource management and pro-poor development strategies.


He is also a Consultant on policy, environment, NRM and development, having undertaken several consultancies rover the years. Client include WWF (Policy review USAID funded Mara River Basin project) for EAC/LVBC, Tetra Tech/ARD USA (on regional Proposal Research: East Africa – Planning for Resilience in East Africa through Policy, Adaptation, Research and Economic Development (PREPARED) for EAC/LVBC, and FAO on policy review GIAHS (Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems) implemented by National Museums of Kenya, private sector among others.

Mr. Molu Koropu Tepo

Mr. Molu Koropu Tepo

Board Member

Molu Tepo is a community development specialist with practical experience of working with pastoralists, agro-pastoralists and grassroots communities.

He has professional interest in strengthening the capacities of the community institutions to cushion themselves against hazards facing them from time to time; drought, floods, Resource Based Conflicts, Human and Livestock Diseases, Desert Locust. The disasters resulting from the hazards have become frequent partly due to the negative impact of Climate Change. He has worked as a facilitator, community development practitioner, and project/programme manager for non-profit organizations in Kenya.

He is currently the Executive Director at Merti Integrated Development Programme (MID-P). He is Secretary to the Board of Directors (BOD) and executing the decisions of BOD. MID-P is a local NGO working in Isiolo County with focus on; Sustainable Natural Resource Management, Sustainable Livelihoods, local Governance and Youth Education and Empowerment. He convenes Isiolo County Civil Society Network.

He has provided Voluntary services to different community institutions. He was a member of the Board of Governors of schools. He was a member of the Board of Commissioners of Kenya Meat Commissioner. He is currently the Chairperson of the Isiolo County Education Board (CEB). CEB is mandated by The Basic Education Act to manage education in a County.

Molu previously worked with the Teachers Service Commission, Garba Tula Development Organization, Minority Rights Group International (MRG) as a Project Consultant for EU funded Governance Project, Catholic Organisation for Relied and Development Aid (Cordaid) as Project Manager. He is currently a Master candidate, Kampala International University. He holds a Bachelor of Education degree from Egerton University.

Prof. Richard O. Oduor,  Ph.D

Prof. Richard O. Oduor, Ph.D

Board Member

Richard has considerable experience in the field of Biotechnology, and brings to the Board extensive expertise in research and biostatistics. His active research focuses on using modern biotechnologies including genetic engineering to confer innate tolerance to local staple food crops against diseases, drought, aflatoxin and Striga. He holds a patent on a stress-inducible promoter with the World Intellectual Property Organization and Chairs the Kenya University Biotechnology Consortium; a professional body that brings together experts in Biotechnology from public and private universities to promote safe use and application of modern biotechnology in Kenya. Richard sits in the Board of The Global Biotechnology Transfer Foundation. In 2017, he was among the 52 African Scientists celebrated by the South African Department of Science and Technology for their outstanding contributions in advancing research in the continent.  Richard has won several research grants, supervised several graduate students and published widely in the discipline. Apart from being an Associate Professor of Molecular Biology in the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Biotechnology, Richard also serves as the Director, Research Support and Dissemination at Kenyatta University. Richard holds a PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology from University of Cape Town, an MSc (Biotechnology) and BSc (Biochemistry) both from Kenyatta University, Kenya. In addition, Richard has a postdoctoral training, in drug discovery from Pfizer, UK. He also holds an Executive MSc in Management and Organizational Development from United States International University, Africa, a Graduate Diploma in Forensic Sciences from Blackford Institute, UK and a Certificate in Science communication from the University of Cape Town. He is currently an Honorary Visiting Fellow of the University of Leicester.

History of KNBS

The history of organized statistical activities in Kenya goes back to the 1920’s.  The Colonial Government appointed its first Official Statistician in 1925. In 1926, the statistician was assigned to work for the Conference of Governors of the three East African territories of Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika and this foreshadowed the creation of the East African Statistical Department (EASD). The EASD was formally established in 1948. The EASD collected, processed and published statistical data for the three territories. The department published, on a regular basis, the East African Economic and Statistical Bulletin. In 1948 the first population census in Kenya was undertaken but the results were published in 1952.

In 1956, the EASD was decentralized into three separate Statistical Units to serve Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika at the territorial level while retaining the EASD to deal with statistical needs common to the three territories. This was the first time that a fully-fledged Statistical Unit was set up in Kenya. The enactment of the Statistics Act on 4th July 1961 fully integrated the Kenya Statistical Unit within the government machinery as the government Statistical Office. The Statistics Unit was formally established as the Economics and Statistics Division of the Treasury.In 1962, the Division undertook the second Population Census in Kenya prior to attainment of Independence.

In 1963, the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development was established and the Division was transferred from the Treasury to the new Ministry. Subsequently, the Division was split into two units that were elevated to departments namely the Planning Department headed by a Chief Economist and the Statistics Department headed by a Chief Statistician. However, Agricultural Statistics Section of the former Economics Planning and Development was physically located in the Ministry of Agriculture, an arrangement which continued up to 1972. During this year, the Statistics Department of the Ministry of Planning and Development was renamed the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) and the head of the Department was designated “Director” instead of Chief Statistician.

CBS expanded its operations in the 1960’s and 1970’s both at the headquarters in Nairobi and at the field level.  During this period, it undertook a wide range of data collection activities and kept a healthy publication programme. This impetus continued up to the mid 1980’s when CBS greatly expanded its field survey programme to respond to the need for district-level statistical data following the adoption of the District Focus for Rural Development (DFRD) strategy in 1983. However, a deteriorating trend set in mid 1980’s and continued into the 1990’s. This period was characterized by low level data collection efforts, minimal processing and analysis of collected data and discontinuation of issuance of publications which, in the past, used to be regular features of CBS activities. The factors responsible for the downward trend include inadequate budgetary allocation as a result of reduction in government expenditure and inadequate number of professional staff particularly at senior levels.

It was therefore axiomatic that effective measures were needed to reverse this negative trend and to prepare CBS for the challenge of the 21st century. To this end, the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) was established by the Statistics Act of 2006 to replace CBS. The Act establishes KNBS as a Semi-Autonomous Government Agency incorporated under the Ministry of State for Planning, National Development and Vision 2030. Its core mandate is collection, compilation, analysis, publication and dissemination of statistical information for public use, with an additional role of coordinating, monitoring and supervising the National Statistical System (NSS).

KNBS Mandate

(1) The Bureau shall be the principal agency of the Government for collecting, analysing and disseminating statistical data in Kenya and shall be the custodian of official statistical information.

(2) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection (1), the Bureau shall be responsible for—

(a) planning, authorising, co-ordinating and supervising all official statistical programmes undertaken within the national statistical system;

(b) establishing standards and ensuring the use of best practices and methods in the production and dissemination of statistical information across the national statistical system;

(c) collecting, compiling, analyzing, abstracting and disseminating statistical information on the matters specified in the First Schedule;

(d) conducting the Population and Housing Census every ten years, and such other censuses and surveys as the Board may determine;

(e) maintaining a comprehensive and reliable national socio-economic database.

(f) developing and maintaining sampling frames of the Bureau;

(g) collaborating with and assisting the county governments or any other institutions in the production of official statistics;

(h) providing technical advice on statistics to other state entities;

(i) promoting co-ordination among producers, users and suppliers of official statistics by forming appropriate sector committees; and

(j) designating statistics produced by national statistical system as official statistics on being satisfied that the necessary criteria have been followed.

Download Statistics Act 2006: Statistics Act 4 of 2006 (Revised Edition 2019)

Vision, Mission and Core Values

Vision Statement:

To be a global leader in the provision of quality statistical services

Mission Statement:

To provide, manage and promote quality statistical services through utilization of best practices for evidence-based decision making

Core Values

  • Professionalism;
  • Integrity;
  • Confidentiality;
  • Customer Focus;
  • Innovation;
  • Teamwork.

Corporate Services Directorate

The Directorate is responsible for the day to day management of the Corporate Service Directorate.

The functions of the Directorate are to:-

(i) oversee development and implementation financial, human resource, ICT and Corporate Communications policies, strategies and plans;
(ii) Ensure effective and efficient utilization of financial, human, ICT and Corporate Communications resources;
(iii) oversee compliance with established financial, human and ICT standards, procedures, rules and regulations; and
(iv) oversee implementation of human resource training and development programmes.

The Corporate Services Directorate is organized into three (3) Divisions namely:-

(i) Finance and Accounts;
(ii) Human Resource and Administration;
(iii) Information Communication Technology; and
(iv) Corporate Communications.

Statistical Coordination & Methods Directorate

The Directorate is responsible for promoting effective statistical coordination of the National Statistical System (NSS), quality assurance on standards and best practices, monitoring and evaluation, and research. The Directorate also executes sampling for sample surveys, data processing, analysis and dissemination.

The Directorate is headed by a Director, Statistical Coordination and Methods who is responsible to Director-General for the following functions:-

(i) coordinate, monitor and supervise NSS programmes;
(ii) undertake research on specialized statistical areas and new areas of statistics methodology;
(iii) promote the use of best practices and methods in the production and dissemination of statistical information across the National Statistical System (NSS);
(iv) establish Statistical standards and assess the quality of statistics produced;
(v) harmonization of national and international development indicators;
(vi) design, develop, update and manage sampling frames;
(vii) design sample surveys and estimation procedures;
(viii) undertake data entry, processing, analysis and dissemination;
(ix) maintain statistical coordination and methods database(s);
(x) coordinate the operations of field services;
(xi) generate development related indicators data; and
(xii) prepare relevant Chapters in the Annual Economic Surveys and Statistical Abstract.

The Directorate is organized into four (4) divisions, namely:-
(i) Research and Development Division
(ii) National Statistical System (NSS) Division
(iii) Sampling, Methods and Standards Division
(iv) Field Services Division

Production Statistics Directorate

The mandate of the Production Statistics Directorate involves collection, analysis, generation and maintenance of databases, and dissemination of Production Statistics in the areas of Labour, Industrial, Agricultural, Livestock, Environment, Natural Resources and Nutrition statistics.

The Directorate has the following functions:-

(i) collect, analyze, generate, maintain databases and disseminate Production statistics;
(ii) produce Consumer Price Index (CPI) and inflation rates;
(iii) compile Harmonized Consumer Price Indices (HCPI for COMESA & EAC);
(iv) compile International Comparison of Prices (ICP);
(v) produce Leading Economic Indicators;
(vi) produce Producer Price Index (PPI);
(vii) produce market prices for commonly used goods and services;
(viii) collect and compile market food crop retail prices;
(ix) collect and compile farm gate prices;
(x) produce agricultural input price indices;
(xi) generate labour productivity;
(xii) produce real estate price statistics;
(xiii) compile construction cost indices;
(xiv) generate Wholesale Price Index (WPI);
(xv) compile Human Development Indices;
(xvi) prepare relevant Chapters in the Annual Economic Survey and Statistical Abstract;
(xvii) produce Annual Statistical Abstract Tables;
(xviii) develop and maintain agricultural holding sampling frame;
(xix) develop data quality framework;
(xx) respond to data request in all production related statistics;
(xxi) undertake data entry, processing, analysis and dissemination;
(xxii) maintain production statistics database(s); and
(xxiii) generate development related indicators data.

The Directorate is organized into four (4) divisions, namely:-

(i) Labour and Price Statistics;
(ii) Agriculture and Livestock Statistics;
(iii) Food Monitoring, Nutrition and Environment; and
(iv) Industrial Statistics.


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