KNBS picks insider as next director-general


New KNBS Director-General Macdonald Obudho during the handover in Nairobi yesterday.PHOTO | LUCY WANJIRU

The board of the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) has picked an insider Macdonald Obudho to take over as the agency’s new Director-General.

Mr Obudho replaces Zachary Mwangi whose term came to an end on Friday after eight years at the helm.

The changes emerge at a time when the statistics office is moving to digitise data collection to ensure speedy release of reports.

Mr Obudho has been with KNBS since 1995, serving in different capacities including as director in charge of population and social statistics—which delivered the 2019 National Census.

Mr Obudho said his tenure will focus on ensuring improvement of quality of statistical data, timeliness in reporting and embracing new data sources.

“There is still room for improvement and comparison internationally. We want to ensure the level of our data collection goes up as well as the way we disseminate,” Mr Obudho during the handing over ceremony.

He said by embracing newdata sources, the agency will also avoid disruptions such as the one occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic leading to delayed release of the second quarter GDP data.

Mr Mwangi is credited with the introduction of new set of data like foreign investment surveys, economic and social indicators and the recently included quarterly labour force survey.