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Tong’i Travels to India to pay back Ksh 300 debt accumulated 30years ago

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A Kenyan MP this week surprised many after traveling to India to repay a Rs200 (Ksh300) debt accumulated in 1985 from a green grocer.

 The MP for Nyaribari Chache Richard Tong’i was a surprise guest to septuagenarian Kashinath Gawli who used to sell him vegetables in Wankhedenagar, where he stayed during his management studies at a local college.

Gawli now stayed in Aurangabad, where the MP visited with his wife Michelle.

“I could not believe my eyes,” Gawli told the media amid tears.

Nyaribari Chache Mp Richard Tong’i with septuagenarian Kashinath Gawli who used to sell him vegetables in Wankhedenagar [PHOTO/ COURTESY]
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Overcome by emotions, Tong’i told the media that the man came to his rescue at his lowest moments, hence he could not forget the good gesture 30 years down the line.

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

Tong’i, before leaving the country,  invited Gawli Kaka (uncle) to visit his country (Kenya).

“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 said.