Richard Tong’i, MP for Nyaribari Chache constituency has left Kenyans talking after he travelled to Aurangabad, India to repay a 23-year-old debt.

While many would let a debt slide Tong’i decided to repay a family that he owed Rs 200 (Ksh 300) two decades later.

Gawli ran a grocery shop in the Wankhedenagar locality where Richard stayed between 1985-89 as he was a student of management studies at a local college in Aurangabad.

Tong’i with his benefactor

Speaking about his actions Tong’i says

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.

Richard Tong’i


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

Septuagenarian Kashinath Gawli was overcome with emotion as he found an MP from Kenya at his doorstep in Aurangabad, returning to the historic city after 30 years, just to repay a debt of Rs 200.

When the Kenya MP came calling on Gawli’s joy knew no bounds.

He says,

I could not believe my eyes

Tong’is story is one that truly proves that when you treat people good, good things happen to you.

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