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.

Dr. Macdonald George Obudho, PhD, EBS, MBS

Dr. Macdonald George Obudho, PhD, EBS, MBS

Director General
Top Management
Macdonald George Obudho

Dr. Macdonald George Obudho serves as the Director General of the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, where he has dedicated his career to promoting excellence in the development and production of high-quality official statistics in Kenya. With a wealth of experience in top management roles spanning over seventeen years, he has led various technical teams in conducting population and housing censuses, registration and profiling of farmers, and designing and executing numerous sample surveys.

Dr. Obudho is a respected authority in the field of statistics, playing a key role in the development and implementation of statistical methods and standards, statistics policies, laws, and production, as well as the dissemination and utilization of statistical data. His leadership as Director of Population and Social Statistics was instrumental in overseeing the successful execution of the first digital census during the 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census.

In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field of statistics and his innovative approach to data collection, he has been honored with two State Commendation Awards: Elder of the Order of the Burning Spear (EBS) in 2023 and Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS) in 2019. He is a registered member of the Kenya National Statistical Society. Macdonald holds a PhD degree in Applied Statistics, a Master of Science degree in Statistics, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science, all from the esteemed Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.

He has a number of certificates under his name that arise from short courses, workshops and seminars attended both locally and internationally.

Dr. Obudho serves as a Board Director of Tourism Research Institute, Hazina SACCO, among other boards.

Dr. Mohamed A. Sheikh

Dr. Mohamed A. Sheikh

Board Member

Dr. Mohamed A. Sheikh

Dr. Mohamed A. Sheikh is the Director General for the National Council for Population and Development (NCPD), a Semi-Autonomous Government Agency under The National Treasury and Planning.
He previously served as the Head of Family Health Department, Ministry of Health Kenya.
He is a Medical Doctor and hold a master degree in International Public Health and a second Master in Maternal and Child health.A seasoned civil servant, Dr Sheikh, has served with excellence having had over sixteen years of experience in senior level health management systems and leadership. As the head of the department of family health, he oversaw the coordination and development of policies, strategies, guidelines and capacity building in Reproductive, Maternal, newborn, adolescent health and nutrition in the country. 

Dr. Sheikh is credited for the introduction of innovative interventions including the breast milk bank being piloted in Kenya, use of chlorohexidine for cord care, introduction of amoxicillin DT for treatment of pneumonia in children and introduction of new vaccines. These great ideas have greatly contributed to reduction in maternal and child morbidity and mortality.

While serving as the provincial director of medical services, North Eastern Province of Kenya, he contributed immensely to the improvement of maternal and child health indicators through introduction of innovative programmes within the region. Dr. Sheikh serves as board director of the Anti- Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Kenya, He is also an advisor of a multi donor trust fund for GFF.

Mr. Benson Kiriga

Mr. Benson Kiriga

Board Member

Benson Kiriga is the Director, Macroeconomic Planning in the State Department for Economic Planning. He has been a Senior Policy Analyst and HOD in the Macroeconomics Department in KIPPRA. He is undertaking PhD studies in Economics from the University of Nairobi. He holds a Master of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Nairobi. He has previously worked as a Senior Economist in the Ministry of Finance and in the Ministry of Planning and National Development. His areas of research interest include public finance, macromodelling and macroeconomic policy research. He has been involved in preparation of various Government of Kenya policy documents and is quite experienced in the Central Government fiscal operations.

Ms Rose Towett

Ms Rose Towett

Board Member

Ms Rose Towett, a demographer with over 15 years’ experience in monitoring, evaluation and research  has a passion for data-driven insights and evidence-based decision-making.  She currently works as an independent M&E consultant. Before transitioning into consultancy,  Rose worked for over 5 years with mothers2mothers Kenya, where she was responsible for the design and implementation of an integrated planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning system for projects with the aim of facilitating decision-making, promoting accountability, and strengthening results-oriented management.  She has also worked for  other donor-funded and development organisations including Population Services International/Kenya and African Population & Health Research Centre.  Rose holds a first class honors in Bachelor of Education (Mathematics) and  a Master’s of Science (Population Studies) both from the University of Nairobi.  She has also undertaken M&E professional course: Leadership and Managing for Impact: Participatory Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation from  Wageningen University, The Netherlands.

Mr. Samuel Wambugu

Mr. Samuel Wambugu

Board Member

Mr. Samuel Wambugu

Alternate to the Principal Secretary, National Treasury, Samuel is a Chief Economist in Macro and Fiscal Department of the National Treasury and Planning.

Apart from being a Board Member of KNBS, he also represents the CS, National Treasury and Planning at Jomo Kenyatta Foundation (JKF) Board of Directors.

He holds an M.A in Economic Policy Management degree from Makerere University, Uganda and B.A in Economics from University of Nairobi. Besides the above, he has attended Strategic Leadership Development Programme (SLDP) at Kenya School of Government and several courses in Financial and Strategic Management, Leadership and Policy Formulation locally and abroad, and has also undertaken a training on Corporate Governance under Mwongozo facilitated ICS and SCAC.

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.


KNBS Strategic Plan 2023 – 2027

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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