Kibaki kicks Ngilu out of the Cabinet Story by NATION REPORTER Publication Date: 10/7/2007 President Kibaki last night fired Health minister Charity Ngilu, his political ally turned fierce critic. Mrs Ngilua the ODM rally in Nairobi yesterday. Photos/JOSEPH MATHENGE and CHRIS OJOW The sacking happened shortly after she described ODM presidential candidate Raila Odinga as the second Nelson Mandela of Africa. Mrs Ngilu said the Langata MP had suffered in detention for Kenyans and deserved to be given a chance in the highest office. We want change that is genuine, we voted in 2002 for leaders who have not been truthful, she said. This year, we want to vote for Raila because he understands the ordinary mans problem. He is like me, but the one we gave the vote is not for change, the Kitui Central MP told the cheering crowd, a stones throw away from her former office overlooking the venue. She had held the Haelth portfolio for the past five years. The sacking that took effect immediately, was communicated to the Sunday Nation Nakuru office through a statement from the Presidential Press Service. The one-sentence statement read: Hon Charity Ngilu has been relieved of her duties as the minister of Health with immediate effect. Earlier in the afternoon, a beaming Mrs Ngilu was wildly cheered at the ODM rally where she was given a seat on the dais next to Mr Odinga and the other ODM Pentagon members. Mrs Ngiu, the Narc chairperson, had arrived at the venue in her official car complete with the flag a few minutes after the Pentagon members took their seats. Her handlers quickly removed the flag from the car after she alighted from the vehicle as it was impossible for her to be driven closer to the dais. Her assistant, Dr Enock Kibunguchy, had arrived dressed in an Orange shirt and taken one of the seats reserved for sitting MPs. The Lugari MP then said he had crossed over to ODM from Ford Kenya and would support Mr Odingas presidential bid. Dr Kibunguchy will fight it out with former Cabinet minister Cyrus Jirongo of Kaddu, who is also backing Mr Odinga. At the rally, ODM secretary-general Anyang Nyongo introduced Mrs Ngilu to the crowd before she addressed them. The Kisumu Rural MP had wanted to delay her speech, but the crowd was impatient and urged her to address them. Prof Nyongo is one of the Cabinet ministers sacked by the President after the Banana teams defeat in the constitution referendum of November 2005.