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Macdonald Obudho Takes over from Zachary Mwangi as KNBS Director General

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, replacing Zachary Mwangi whose term on the post came to an end on Friday.

Mwangi had served as KNBS Director-General for a period of eight years, having risen through the ranks to serve as the director of macroeconomic statistics between 2008 and 2012.

Macdonald Obudho joined Kenya National Bureau of Statistics in 1995 who rose through the ranks from Statistician III to the current position of Director-General.

KNBS through a statement said that 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,” reads KNBS statement.

“From his statistical background, he is experienced in designing and creating different types of statistical household sampling frames. His experience in top management spans over 13 years and this gives him a rich administrative and technical experience.”

Obudho serves in several Boards including Hazina SACCO Ltd.

Through his work and the execution of the 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census, Obudho was honored with a State Award, The Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS).