Charity Ngilu Biography

Charity Ngilu, was born on 28 January, 1952 in Kitui. She is a Kenyan politician and the governor for Kitui County. She is the former cabinet secretary for Lands, Housing and Urban Development. 

Charity Ngilu made history in 1997 when she became the first woman in Kenya’s history to run for president she lost but she retained her parliamentary seat.  

In June, Charity Ngilu appeared in court to face charges of hindering investigations into the irregular allocation of a 13.4-acre piece of land in Karen. She is accused, together with eight other individuals, of obstructing EACC investigations into the alleged grabbing and subdivision of the KSh 8 billion piece of land by senior government officials.

Charity Ngilu Education Background

She started school at Mbooni Intermediate School before joining Alliance Girls High School in 1969 until 1972. She attended  Kianda College and Government Secretarial College where she trained in Management and Secretarial. In 1975 she joined Kenya Institute of Administration, Certified Public Secretary. In 2012 she graduated  from St. Pauls University, Limuru with a Bachelor’s Degree in Leadership and Management.

Charity Ngilu Professional Career

  • Administration manager for Chase Manhattan Overseas Corporation in Nairobi
  • Managing director of Anit-Plastics Limited.

Charity Ngilu Political Positions

Charity Ngilu Current Political Positions

  • Started 2017: Governor  for Kitui county.
  • Ended 4th March 2013 : Aspirant Senator for Kitui county
  • Started 13th February 2013 : Coalition Member of Jubilee Alliance
  • Started 8th February 2013 : Member of National Rainbow Coalition

Charity Ngilu Previous Political Positions

  • April 2008 – 4th March 2013 : Cabinet Minister of Water & Irrigation
  • 2008 – 4th March 2013 : Member of Parliament for Kitui Central
  • 2003 – 2007 : Cabinet Minister Of Health
  • 2003 – 2007 : Member of Parliament for Kitui Central
  • 2002 – 2013 : Member of Kenya Women Parliamentary Association
  • Started 2002 : Founder Member of National Rainbow Coalition
  • 1998 – 2002 : Member of Parliament for Kitui Central
  • 1992 – 1997 : Member of Parliament for Kitui Central

Charity Ngilu Politics.

Charity Ngilu was first elected to parliament in 1992, and was elected the leader of the Social Democratic Party, which was then in the opposition. She made history five years later when she became the first woman in Kenya’s history to run for president. She lost, but retained her parliamentary seat.

Charity Ngilu has served as a member of the parliamentary committee on health, and is a member of Parliamentarians for Global Action, a network of over 1000 legislators from 114 parliaments around the world who promote democracy, peace, justice and development. In addition, Charity Ngilu is a member and vice chair of the steering committee of the Parliamentary Network on World Bank, an international parliamentary organisation that promotes transparency and accountability in international development.

Charity Ngilu is also an alumna of the Centre for Development and Population Activities, an internationally recognized non-profit organisation that trains women leaders and seeks to improve the lives of women and girls in developing countries.

Charity Ngilu
Charity Ngilu

In her capacity as minister of Health, she serves on the World Health Organisation’s commission on social determinants of health, a new body to spearhead action on the social causes of ill-health.

Charity Ngilu was re-elected to Parliament in 2002, and was chairperson of the then  ruling National Rainbow Coalition and the Women’s Political Alliance, a coalition of civil society organizations aimed at increasing women’s representation in political leadership.

Cabinet Secretary

Charity Ngilu was  appointed as the cabinet secretary for Lands, Housing and Urban Development by President Uhuru Kenyatta but she was suspended and later dropped from Uhuru’s cabinet, alongside four other ministers, after they were adversely mentioned in corrupt deals by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) in March 2015.

Charity Ngilu – News Updates

Updated: 15th February 2018

NCIC summons Kitui governor Charity Ngilu

The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has summoned Kitui County Governor Charity Ngilu following her utterances on charcoal burning in the county.

Ngilu is alleged to have incited youths to burn Lorries transporting charcoal in the county as a way of the curbing charcoal burning menace in her Jurisdiction.

In a tweet, the Francis ole Kaparo led commission said it summoned the Governor in a letter dated 14th February 2018 to appear on February 20th, 2018 at 10.00AM.

At the same time, the commission has called Kenyans to exercise tolerance and uphold peace.

Ngilu has denied incitement claims as well as reports that certain communities were being targeted in the protests against charcoal burning and sand harvesting business in Kitui County.

On Wednesday, Kiambu County Governor Ferdinand Waititu called for Ngilu’s arrest as he demanded for compensation for the charcoal trader whose lorry was burnt.

Elsewhere, Kajiado County commissioner David kipkemei has banned charcoal burning in the county.

In a stormy security meeting attended by chiefs and their assistants, it emerged that not only does charcoal burning destroy the environment; it is also a security threat since unknown persons invade public forests in the region.

The County commissioner said action will be taken against administrators collaborating with illegal loggers.

He said motor bikes are commonly used to ferry bags of charcoal from interior villages to waiting Lorries along the roads.

Police officers manning road blocks in the area have also been accused of abetting the vice by turning a blind eye to the illegal loggers.

Source: KBC

Charity Ngilu to run for Kitui Governor

Updated: 13.3.2016


Former Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu has formally declared her interest in running for Kitui County governorship seat in the 2017 general election.

Ngilu made the announcement on Sunday when she joined residents of Inyuu village, Kitui East for a thanksgiving ceremony.

Speaking in her native language, Charity Ngilu asked the people of Kitui to support her bid saying she believed she was the answer to their longtime problems.

“I will be running for the governor’s seat because I have been approached by people who believe that I can perform better than the incumbent. I am going to listen to the voice of the people because they know the kind of leaders they want,” said the former Lands CS.

Charity Ngilu hit out at the Kitui Governor Julius Malombe for allegedly failing to meet the needs of the electorate, adding that the community was still struggling with water shortages, food insecurity and slow-paced development.

“It is unfortunate that Kitui residents are still grappling with the very problems they had before devolution despite having received over Ksh15 billion from the National Treasury since 2013,” Ngilu expressed, promising to end the problems once elected as Kitui governor.

Ngilu’s announcement marks a return to politics after falling to David Musila in the 2013 Kitui Senate race.

The one-time MP for Kitui Central is bracing for a tough political battle as Musila is also eying the top county government seat and Governor Julius Malombe is expected to aggressively defend the seat come 2017.

Charity Ngilu will be contesting for the seat on her National Alliance of Rainbow Coalition (NARC) party ticket, but it is not yet clear whether she will be joining CORD or Jubilee Alliance.

Charity Ngilu also rubbished media reports claiming that she was eyeing the presidency terming it a ploy to confuse the electorates.

“That is a hoax meant to confuse Kenyans, especially the people of Kitui. Treat such reports with the contempt they deserve as they are blatant lies fabricated by mischievous individuals. I only desire to become your governor and serve you well,” she pointed out.

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