Born at a rural village in Mbooni Hills, Machakos District on 28th January 1952, Charity Kaluki Ngilu dubbed “Mama Rainbow” enrolled to the nearby Mbooni Intermediate School for her primary education and thereafter joined Alliance Girls High School between 1969 and 1972.
Charity qualified in her secondary education and proceeded to Government Secretarial College for Management and Secretarial course.She also joined the Kenya Institute of Administration for Certified Public Secretary course. Governor Ngilu is also a 2012 graduand from St. Pauls University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Leadership and Management.
Ms. Ngilu ventured into active politics during the first multiparty elections in 1992 where she clinched Kitui Central parliamentarian seat.Her name went into country’s historical records following her bold decision to contest for the country’s top seat in the past 1997 polls on Social Democratic Party (SDP) ticket becoming the first female candidate to yearn for the top seat.She however together with thirteen others who had shown their interests to head the government, lost to President Daniel Moi but still managed to clinch Kitui Central parliamentary seat for her second term.
Ngilu’s prowess was noted after she scooped Kitui Central for four consecutive terms from 1992-2012.
During the country’s third multiparty elections back in 27th December 2002, Hon. Charity Ngilu was one of the pioneers who founded NARC Party that sent home President Moi after his 24-year rule.Following her expertise in leadership and public governance, President Mwai Kibaki appointed her to his Cabinet serving as the Minister for Health.She served the position until 2007 when Kibaki’s first five-year term elapsed.
During President Kibaki’s and PM Raila’s 2008-2013 Coalition Government, Charity Ngilu was appointed to head the Ministry of Water and Irrigation and still doubled as Kitui Central MP.
Following the country’s’s adoption of Devolved system of governance (Majimboism), Hon. Ngilu vied for Kitui County Senatorial seat on NARC (under umbrella of Jubilee Alliance) but lost to her close competitor Hon. David Musila on Wiper Movement ticket.
However, Ngilu still came back to power following her appointment by President Uhuru Kenyatta as CS for Lands Jubilee’s first 2013- 2017 cabinet.
As 2017 polls approached, Ngilu expressed her ambitions to contest for Kitui county gubernatorial seat in a tough struggle between the former Governor Dr. Julius Makau Malombe and Senator David Musila. She however managed to floor the two powerfuls in the tough tussle becoming the county’s second governor.