On 17 April 2008, Charity Kaluki Ngilu (1952) was appointed as Minister of Water and Irrigation. She was Minister of Health from 2003 until October 2007 when she dismissed from office after switching allegiance to presidential candidate Raila Odinga. leader of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM).
One of Mrs. Ngilu’s first deeds as minister was to declare a free basic supply of 40 litres of water a day per household in slum areas.
Water and Irrigation minister Charity Ngilu with her permanent secretary, Mr Mahboub Maalim, at Maji House in Nairobi. Photo/ HEZRON NJOROGE