Charity Ngilu Biography
Charity Ngilu, was born on 28 January, 1952. 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.
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.
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
Ended 2012 : Undergraduate Student of St. Pauls University, Limuru (B.A. in Leadership and Management)
Student of Government Secretarial College(Management and Secretarial training)
Student of Kianda College
1975 → 1976 : Student of Kenya Institute of Administration (Certified Public Secretary)
1969 → 1972 : Secondary School Student of Alliance Girls High School.
Primary School Student of Mbooni Intermediate School.
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
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
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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.
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.
Charity Ngilu – News Updates
Charity Ngilu to run for Kitui Governor
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.