UGANDA CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY WINS INTER-UNIVERSITY DEBATE 2021

Noatukunda Aliyo, assistant commissioner of prisons addressing the students after the debate

BY OKOT LIL ROMEO

GULU: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2021

Uganda Christian University (UCU) has won the 12th inter-university debate competition, beating 14 universities to the coveted accolade.

The debate focused on human right violation during Covid-19 pandemic, death penalty, child abuse, torture.

The lively contest was held at Gulu university campus last week with Sophia Mutamba crowned as the best debater.

Mutumba, a student of the Uganda Christian University remarked after their thrilling win that this was not a surprise because they did a lot of research and preparatory rehearsal ahead of the final showdown.

The winners were awarded a certificate and sh500,000 cash price.

Mutamba hailed the organizers for the competition saying that it will promote the young people’s talent in public speaking and prepare then to address the human right violation in the community, child abuse, torture and death penalty.

“Such contests prepare young people to become human rights defenders to fight for the rights of local people to overcome rights violations,” she reasoned.

Edwin Sabiti, a student of Makerere University, the defending champions who came second in this years contest, said they have accepted the defeat.

He however vowed that they will be preparing for the next competition to take the trophy back to the Ivory Tower.

Makerere University has won the last three debating competition before last week’s painful dethronement by UCU.

As runner up, the Makerere debaters bagged sh300,000 cash price plus certificates of participation, while Bishop Stewart University that came third took home sh250,000in cash and Uganda Pentecostal University took sh100,000, having come in the fourth place.

The panel of three judges who adjudicated the debate were Noatukunda Aliyo, assistant commissioner of prisons, Meddie Mulumka, a Commissioner of Uganda Human Rights Commission and Charles Mwanguthya, a journalist.

Their points of judgment focused on etiquettes such as smartness, engagement approaches, time management, area of argument, content relevance, topic analysis, grammar, recommendations, use of quotes, creativity and conclusion of points.

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