Macdonald Obudho (far right) at a hand-over ceremony
Macdonald Obudho (far right) at a hand-over ceremony

The board of the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) on Monday, November 2 confirmed the appointment of Malcolm Obudho as its new Director General.

Obudho replaces Zachary Mwangi who had been in the position since 2012.

The board went for an insider in replacing Mwangi, as Obudho has been working at KNBS since 1995.

Most recently, he was the Director for Population and Social Statistics at the agency.

Obudho holds a  Master of Science degree in Statistics from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).

KNBS Director-General Malcolm Obudho pictured at a past forum

Mwangi’s term at the helm of the organization came to an end on Friday, October 30.

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Like Obudho, Mwangi spent much of his professional career at KNBS and rose through the ranks before being appointed Director-General.

Obudho played a central role as KNBS undertook the last national census in 2019.

According to KNBS, 95 per cent of Kenyans were enumerated in the exercise, which was the sixth national census since independence.

The results of the housing and population census showed that of 47,564,296 people counted, 23,548,056 were male, 24,014,716 were female and 1,524 were intersex.

It was the first time that the census included statistics on intersex persons.

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