When he approached teacher Jane Obinchu about coming to school she said that he couldn't come because he didn't have a uniform. Maruge made his own uniform and approached the teacher again. After much persistence from Maruge, teacher Jane allowed him to attend class.
As word spread about the old man going to school, parents and the school administration tried to have Maruge ousted. He fought for education in the war of independence. Education equals freedom from poverty. Maruge has rekindled ambition in people who did not think that they had hope. I love these kind of stories. Maruge passed away in 2009, but his inspiration lives on.