Kenyan MP returns to India to clear Sh300 debt he owed vegetable vendor

Nyaribari Chache Member of Parliament Richard Tong’i has moved a section of netizens after he returned to India after 23 years to repay Rs 200 (approximately Sh300) debt he owed a vegetable vendor.

Tong’i is said to have been a student at a college located in Aurangabad, India, studying management from 1985 to 1989.

“As a student in Aurangabad, I was at my lowest point, when these people (Gawlis) helped me. Then I thought that someday, I will come back and (re)pay. I want to say thank you. This is so emotional for me,” he told journalists.

“God bless the old man (Gawli) and his children. They were wonderful to me. They wanted to take me to a hotel for a meal but I insisted that we should eat in their house,” he added.

The vegetable vendor, identified as Septuagenarian Kashinath Gawli, got emotional upon setting his eyes in Tongi. Gawli owned a vegetable store near where Tong’i resided.

The MP says he flew back to Kenya before paying the debt but made a mental note that he’ll return to settle it.

Tongí made the emotional trip to Aurangabad with his wife Michelle, and thanked Gawli for showing him kindness when he was struggling.

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