Office of The Director General

The Director General is the Chief Executive of the Bureau

  Broad Functions of the DG;

  1. Responsible for the day to day management of the Bureau
  2. Manage the funds and the property of the Bureau
  • Be responsible for the management of the staff of the Bureau
  1. Cause to be prepared for the approval of the Board;
    • The annual work programmes of the Bureau
    • The annual budget and audited accounts of the Bureau

There are four division that operate under the Director Generals Office

  • Procurement Division
  • Legal Division
  • Public Affairs and Corporate Communication Division
  • Internal Audit Division

 Supply Chain Department

The Bureau’s Supply Chain Department functionally and administratively reports to the Director General as envisaged in the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Act (PPADA 2015). The delegated mandate of the Supply Chain Department is to coordinate Procurement planning, Procurement processing, Inventory and Asset management, Disposal of Assets and Contract Management.

All processes involved in the acquisition of goods, works, and services are subjected to competitive bidding as provided for in the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Act 2015 and instructions issued by the National Treasury and the Public Procurement Regulatory Authority. All Supply Chain activities are guided by values and principles of the Kenyan Constitution and all other relevant legislation’s.

 Legal Affairs


  1. Advising the Board and the entire Bureau on all legal issues the Bureau encounters. These include civil, criminal, contractual, statutory obligations and memorandum of understanding. In this regard, the Legal office is to represent the Bureau and the Board on any litigation in court;
  2. Handling all Board Secretarial issues. These include coordinating the preparation of agenda, organizing board papers, and taking minutes during Board meetings ;
  • Attending top Bureau management meetings which deal with the day to day policy issues;
  1. The office prepares the employment and other contracts and administers the oath of secrecy as required in the Statistics Act.


  Public Affairs and Corporate Communication


  1. Maintaining a favorable public image of the Bureau by communicating Bureau programs, accomplishments and points of view;
  2. Preparing written materials including press/data releases, advocacy and communication materials and speeches;
  • Maintaining communication and public relations databases, including tracking communication and public relations;
  1. Designing and implementing innovative advocacy and communication strategies for KNBS advertising and data dissemination programs;
  2. Managing a variety of media relations as well as anticipating risks to KNBS’s brand;
  3. Defining corporate reputation strategies and managing relationships with the public – media, opinion leaders, NGOs and others.

Audit and Risk Management


  1. Spearheading the development of detailed and risk based internal audit strategic plan and rolling audit programme to cover all auditable areas in KNBS in order to provide assurance to management and the board on internal controls, risk management and governance;
  2. Developing annual budget and plans for the Internal Audit & Risk Management department;
  • Preparing and updating internal audit manuals and audit checklists;
  1. Providing secretarial support to the KNBS Audit Committee;
  2. Providing consulting services to the Bureau in developing appropriate risk management, control and governance frameworks;
  3. Carrying out investigations/special audits on irregularities identified or reported on any wastage of public funds.

Board of Directors

Mr. Peter Nginga Kiguta

Mr. Peter Nginga Kiguta

Board Chairman

Mr. Peter Nginga Kiguta was appointed as the Board Chairman in May 2018. He holds an MA, Economics Policy (1985), Boston University, Massachusetts, USA and BA, Economics – Upper 2nd Class (1981), University of Nairobi, Kenya.

He was employed by the government of Kenya on 20th November 1981 as Economist I, where due to his good performance, he was promoted through five ranks in a span of 14 years (Economist II; Senior Economist; Principal Economist; Deputy Chief Economist) to the level of Chief Economist in 1995.

He was a Lecturer in Economics, Boston University, Boston – Massachusetts, USA, between January and September 1985, where he taught under graduate students in Macro and Micro economics and problems of African Economic Development.

He has authored various academic papers in economics for presentation in conferences and policy dialoguing, and also contributed papers as input in publications by World Bank. He has also published papers in respected trade journals.

He first joined the East African Community as the Macroeconomist on 28th September 1996. He was appointed on merit as the first Director General (Customs & Trade) of the East African Community on 7th December 2004, where he retired on 31st December 2016 upon reaching mandatory retirement age, having worked as the Director General for 12 years. As a Director General, customs and trade, he had the overall responsibility of ensuring that the EAC Customs union takes off and functions effectively. He led a cross functional, multinational team of customs and trade experts with an annual budget of around US$9 million.

Mr Zachary Mwangi Chege

Mr Zachary Mwangi Chege

Director General and Secretary to the Board

Mr. Mwangi is the Director General of the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), a position he has held since 2012. The Director General KNBS is in charge of designing strategies to enhance data quality across the National Statistical System, and provision of official statistics for evidence-based decision making in the country.

He is also the chair of the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC), the apex decision making body for international statistical activities, including; setting statistical standards; concepts and methods; and their implementation at national and international level. He was appointed to serve in this position for a period of two years during the 49th session of the UNSC meeting held in New York in 2017, after serving as a Vice Chair.

Mr. Zachary Mwangi holds a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Economic Policy Management from Makerere University, Uganda, and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Economics, First Class Honors, from the University of Nairobi.

He has professional qualifications and exposure acquired locally and internationally in the following areas: Statistical Development; Macroeconomic analysis and modelling, Regional Integration; Project Management; Public Expenditure Management; Risk Management; among others.

As part of his day-to-day assignment, Mr. Mwangi has spearheaded the implementation of several surveys and censuses. He also coordinates preparation of various publications, including: annual Economic Survey reports: annual Statistical Abstract reports: quarterly Gross Domestic Product and Balance of Payments reports; and other socio-economic reports.

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. Anthony Muriu

Mr. Anthony Muriu


Alternate to the Principal Secretary, National Treasury, Mr. Muriu is a Chief Economist and Head of the Central Planning and Project Monitoring Unit of the National Treasury. He is a Career Civil Servant with over 20 years’ experience having risen through the ranks to the current position.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Nairobi and Masters Degree in International Development Studies from the Graduate Institute of Policy Studies in Tokyo, Japan. He has also attended numerous short training courses both locally and abroad. Over the years, Mr. Muriu has worked in many Ministries and served in numerous Committees and Taskforces of the Government of Kenya.

Dr. Josephine Kibaru-Mbae

Dr. Josephine Kibaru-Mbae


Dr. Josephine Kibaru-Mbae is the Director General of National Council for Population and Development. Prior to joining NCPD in February 2014, Dr. Kibaru-Mbae had been the Director General at the East, Central & Southern Africa Health Community (ECSA-HC; Former Commonwealth Regional Health Secretariat) since 2010.  ECSA-HC is an Intergovernmental Organization whose aim is to foster regional cooperation and collaboration in health. It comprises of 10 active members; Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Dr. Kibaru-Mbae is a Medical Doctor, specialized in Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Public Health. She has about 30 years’ experience in the public health sector, with about 20 of these years in Leadership and Management positions at different levels of the health sector in the Republic of Kenya. She started at the District level and rose through the ranks to the level of Senior Deputy Director of Medical Services in charge of Family Health Services, Ministry of Health; Kenya. Dr. Kibaru-Mbae has represented the government in various national and international fora such as the WHA, ICPD etc. During her tenure at the Division of Reproductive Health, in collaboration with other stakeholders, she successfully lobbied for the first ever budget-line for Family Planning in Kenya in 2005.

Dr. Kibaru-Mbae has excellent networking experience working with policy makers and programme experts such as Ministers, Ambassadors, Principal Secretaries, Directors, population and health professionals, representatives of collaborating partners and donors and the media.


Mr. Kenneth N. Mburu

Mr. Kenneth N. Mburu


Kenneth N. Mburu is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, having been admitted to the Bar 19 years ago, and a Certified Public Secretary. He holds Degrees in Commerce and Law respectively, and a Post-graduate Diploma in Law from the Kenya School of Law. He graduated from the University of Nairobi in 2005 with a Master of Laws Degree in the thematic specialisation of Finance and Financial Services Law.

Mr. Mburu has served as Dean of the Faculty of Law at the School of Professional Studies ,and as Associate Dean of Law at Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). He has presented papers on Professional Ethics to his peers at the Law Society of Kenya’s Continuous Legal Education seminars. He currently lecturers and supervises research students at the said CUEA, his passion being in the subjects of Law and Development, Land Law, Commercial Law, Equity and Professional Ethics. Mr. Mburu brings a wealth of knowledge in Law and Corporate Governance to the Board of the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics.

Dr. Mary K. Lonyangapuo

Dr. Mary K. Lonyangapuo


Dr. Mary K. Lonyangapuo is a holder of Bachelor of Arts in Education from Kenyatta University, a Masters Degree in Linguistics from Leeds University, UK and a PHD in Linguistics from Egerton University. She has over 15 years university teaching experience in the area of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics and has vast knowledge in humanities and social sciences

Her key research areas are in: Syntax, Sociolinguistics and Applied communication and has carried out various researches in linguistics and communicative aspects of language, has written a number of research papers in refereed journals and is a  Research Assistant with CASA.

She is a member of the Editorial Board, Jarida la Mwanga wa Lugha, an academic journal at Moi University.

She has served as the Head of Department, Linguistics and Foreign Languages, Moi University; Dean, School of Arts and Social Sciences, Moi University and served as a Council Member, Kenyatta University.

She sits on various School Boards and is currently a Senior lecturer, Department of Linguistics and Foreign Languages, Moi University, where she is also the Patron of I Choose Peace Consortium

Richard O. Oduor,  Ph.D

Richard O. Oduor, Ph.D

Richard has considerable experience in the field of Biotechnology, and brings to the Board extensive expertise in research and biostatics. His active research focuses on using modern biotechnologies including genetic engineering to improve local staple food crops such as maize, sweetpotato, cassava and sorghum 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. In 2017, Richard 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. Currently he serves as a Senior Lecturer and Head of Plant Transformation Laboratory in the department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Biotechnology at Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya. 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 Master’s of Science 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 University of Cape Town. He is currently an Honorary Visiting Fellow of the University of Leicester.

Dr. Caxton Munyoki

Dr. Caxton Munyoki

Dr. Caxton Munyoki holds a PhD in Business Administration, a Master’s in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Commerce in Business Administration, all from the University of Nairobi.

Dr. Munyoki has 20 years’ experience in the private sector and seven years’ experience in the Public sector. He has been a Chief Executive Officer in Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, Allan Holdings, Kenital Solar, Kenya Bunduki, and Tracker Group of Companies. He also served as a Deputy Chief Executive Officer in TARDA and Kenya Broadcasting Corporation. Dr Munyoki has worked with Bata Shoe company limited as a Marketing Manager.

He has several publications under his name, among them; ‘The Role of Competitive Strategies on Performance of Kenya State Corporations” – by Dr. Caxton Munyoki (International Journal for Innovation Education and Research – IJIER) November 2015’ and “The Joint Influence of Organizational Autonomy, Positioning and Competitive Strategies on Performance of Kenyan State Corporations” – by Dr. Caxton Munyoki (International Journal of Humanities and Social Science) Vol. 5, No. 10(1); October 2015.

He is a member of the Marketing Society of Kenya.

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

The Statistics Act 2006 specifically mandates KNBS to:

  1. Act as the principal agency of the government for collecting, analysing and disseminating statistical data in Kenya
  2. Act as custodian of official statistics.
  3. Conduct the Population and Housing Census every ten years, and such other censuses and surveys as the Board may determine;
  4. Maintain a comprehensive and reliable national socio-economic database
  5. Establish standards and promote the use of best practices and methods in the production and dissemination of statistical information across the NSS; and
  6. Plan, authorise, coordinate and supervise all official statistical programmes undertaken within the national statistical system.

Vision, Mission and Core Values

Vision Statement:

To be a centre of excellence in production and management of quality statistics

Mission Statement:

To develop, provide and promote quality statistical information for evidence-based decision making.

Core Values

  • Professionalism:
    Strictly abides by professional considerations on the methods, standards and procedures for statistical production.
  • Confidentiality:
    Guarantee confidentiality of data providers as provided in the Statistics Act 2006
  • Collaboration:
    Collaborate with stakeholders so as to enhance the quality of statistical information
  • Teamwork:
    To embrace teamwork as the hallmark of our success
  • Customer focus:
    Commitment to meet the needs of our customers and always focus on customer satisfaction.
  • Accountability and Transparency:
    Conduct business and lend services to stakeholders in a transparent and accountable manner.
  • Efficiency and effectiveness:
    Promote high productivity, competence and usefulness of resources at the national and county level.
  • Innovation and Creativity:
    Committed to innovation, invention, creativity and resourcefulness in service delivery.

Directorate of Information and Communication Technology

Functions and Mandate

The Directorate of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is one of the six directorates of Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS). It is divided into three main Divisions namely; Information Systems and Operations, Data Processing, and   Information Services.

Key functions of Information and Communication Technology Directorate (ICTD) are:

  • Development, implementation and maintenance of ICT systems for the Bureau.
  • Data Processing and Archival for Censuses and surveys.
  • Publication and dissemination of survey data and provision of library services to the bureau and the general public
  • Manage the National Socio-economic statistical Database

Information Systems and Operations

  • Development and Maintenance of the organizations Management Information system;
  • Maintenance of the organizations computing equipment and software;
  • Drawing specification for all IT requirements (including systems specifications) for the organization;
  • Administration of the Organizations Website;
  • Maintenance of the Bureau’s Local Area Networks (LAN);
  • Management of Computer Literacy and related in-house training programs; Continue reading “Directorate of Information and Communication Technology”

Directorate of Finance and Administration

Functions and Mandate

The Directorate of Finance and Administration is one of the six Directorates in the KNBS organization structure, reporting to the Director General. The Directorate is responsible for all shared services in

  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management and Development
  • Administration.

The directorate is organized into three departments closely linked to the functional areas in the directorate, namely;

Finance Department

The department ensure that:

  • All revenues received are properly receipted and accounted for.
  • All expenditures incurred are properly supported (documentary evidence) and accounted for.
  • Proper authorization for payments is established and given in effecting payments.
  • All approval stages or processes in effecting any financial transaction are observed.
  • Financial reports are produced as per requirements
  • Provides the design and implementation of policies
  • All employees operate within guidelines set out in the Finance Regulation and Procedures Manual.

Human Resource Department

This department carries out the following functions among others:

  • Preparation of indents for job advertisements
  • Short-listing and interviewing of job candidates
  • Appointments and induction of new staff
  • Job descriptions & Staff contracts
  • Administration of staff benefits and allowances
  • Processing of Salaries and raising of Pay change advices
  • Transfers of staff
  • Administration of the Medical scheme , Group Life and Group Accident Insurances
  • Mainstreaming of HIV & AIDS , Gender and Disability activities in the Bureau
  • Training & Development
  • Welfare (funerals ,sports etc)
  • Staff Discipline

Administration Department

Processing of staff exit procedures

The administration department handles all issues dealing with:

  • Transport and logistics
  • Repair and maintenance of vehicles and equipment
  • Repair and maintenance of buildings
  • Civil works
  • Safety and security of staff and assets of the Bureau
  • Insurance of all assets

Directorate of Strategy and Development

Functions and Mandate

The Directorate of Strategy and Development is one of the six directorates of Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS). It is divided into three main units namely;

  • Policy and Planning,
  • Research and Development of statistical Methods and standards,
  • Coordination of the National Statistical System (NSS).

Its functions are mainly to:

  • coordinate formulation and implementation of Bureau strategic plans,
  • coordinate the National Statistical System (NSS), undertaking research and analysis of the social sector and review standards and methods in the production
  • dissemination of statistical information across the NSS.


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