His life history is an inspiring one for those adults who want to achieve higher education. George Mukuru Muchai was born on July 22 1949 at a time when many did not take education in much seriousness. After completion of his primary education Muchai began from a humble background working at Elliots Bakeries Limited, where he served as plant technician between 1975 and 1976. While working, he was involved in championing the rights of his fellow staffs where he thought injustice was predominant.
He later climbed the ladder to serve as the Deputy Secretary General of the giant worker’s union, Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU), serving alongside as a Vice Chairman of the National Industrial Training Board (NITB). Through this experience of serving government corporate organizations, Muchai’s ambitions led him to be an aspiring politician. His main interests were to represent the people of Kabete constituency as their Member of Parliament.
The sitting Members of Parliament passed laws that barred people like Muchai from going on with their ambitions. The Members of Parliament had passed into law Section 22 of the Election Act, which required that an aspirant must have a degree from a recognized university in Kenya or around the world to qualify for vying. By this time, Hon. George Muchai the outstanding trade unionist had not acquired any degree.
But how was Muchai going to make it when it was remaining only one-year the elections? Acquiring a degree from Kenyan public universities must take one four years (usually longer due to many incidents!) Did Muchai’s ambition come to a dead end? Absolutely no! Hon. Muchai approached Gates Education Group and his vast years of experience were evaluated, equated to academic credits and allowed to enroll for a degree course under Talent and Work Experience based program.
Within less than a year, through sponsorship from The African Council for Adult Experiential Learning (ACAEL), Muchai graduated with a degree from a UNESCO Accredited University, which enabled him to vie for Member of Parliament seat beating the deadline that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, a body overseeing elections in Kenya. George Muchai won the seat and became Kabete Member of Parliament.
Later, he was put under Mature Talent Route and was due for Credit Transfer for a Masters Degree program from Atlanta (USA) University but unfortunately masked gunmen shot him to dead on 7th February 2015 at Nairobi ending his life and career.
The late Hon. Muchai remains dear to many of us and particularly his sacrifices in setting up the first University of Talent in Africa.
May the Almighty God rest his soul in peace