By Joan Murungi
Kyambogo University has launched an East African University debate for 2018 after their students merged the overall winner in the East African championship debate in Rwanda.
One of the students on this team of six students scooped an award as the best debater.
Shabil Ojambo a third year engineering student won this award that gave the university bragging rights.
Ojambo is the technical head of the organizing committee for the newly launched debate. His knowledge has provided him mentorship programmes amongst which he trains students who prepare for NBS debate competitions.
The young achiever has got an opportunity to represent Uganda in South Africa in the world university debate.
“I am the defending champion after winning the award in Kigali last year. So I will represent the country this year,” Ojambo explained.
“The first edition was done in Kigali where the first runner up and then emerged the winners in the second edition. This gave more reason for the university to grant the students wish, “Mildred Tibananuka the Dean of students further explained.
The debate, according to Tibananuka will take place from 2ndto 8th August 2018 and has attracted more than 300 students from universities from Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania and South Sudan. The overall winner will bag sh1m prize money and a laptop.
The policy debates are meant to enable students share knowledge through networking, have ability to expression and discuss different issues affecting the society to enable policy makers in policy formulation for development in the political square.
“Such polices have to be global, human rights, economic trade and a person in charge of writing a report on what students have discussed will present it to the relevant policy makers, ”David Ejimu the adjudicator of the debate said.
The debates are to help in providing information where concerned parties have accountability for their actions, have respect for the rule since students are the future business dealers who stand the risk to be affected.
“Investigations on the future will be provided by students since they will research, prepare and present to provide open space for sustainable development, “Desire Derek ford Mugumisa, a promotions manager with Urban TV said.
This debate has been sponsored by urban TV, Ministry of health, Hema water, Eco bank, the international university counsel for East Africa and others.