Richard Nyagaka Tongi, a Kenyan Lawmaker from the Nyaribari Chache Constituency of Kenya, returned to India and went to Aurangabad, Maharashtra to repay Rs. 200 to a grocer.
Tongi is an MP at the Nyaribari Chache constituency in far off Kenya.
Kashinath Gawli, the grocer, was in tears when he met Richard again.
Lawmaker Tongi was studying at the Maulana Azad College when he met Kashinath, he was provided groceries by the grocer from 1985 to 1989.
When Tongi went back to Kenya, he still had a debt of Rs. 200 with Gawli, who owned a grocery store in Wankhedanagar.
During an interview with ANI, Tongi said, “I had a debt from 22 years ago that I had not paid, they had given me food but I had not paid. So when I got married, I vowed to return to India and payback. Now, my heart is at peace.”
The MP also shared a picture of him and Gawli on his Facebook Page. Here is the post:
Kenya MP returns to Aurangabad after 23 years to repay Rs 200The visitor was Richard Tong'i, MP from the Nyaribari…
Michelle, the wife of Tongi, said that the journey was really emotional. She was also with Tongi when her husband repaid the loan to the grocer.
Tongi explained how hard it was as a student in the area.
He said, “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.”
Tongi added, “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.”
Tongi invited Gawli to visit Kenya in the near future.