SECOND YEAR LAW STUDENTS ARE THE 2018 DEBATE CHAMPIONS AT ULK
The Interclass Debate Championship that has been going on since 4th June 2018 at Kigali Independent University ULK took an end today on 21st June 2018 with Year 2 Finance Day Section taking on Year 2 Law Day Section. The event was graced by high profile authorities of ULK including the Vice Chancellor, Dr. Ezéchiel SEKIBIBI, the Assistant of the Vice Chancellor in Charge of Academic Affairs, Ms Rebecca BALINDA, ULK lecturers , to mention but a few. Also in attendance were ULK students who had come to support their fellow students.
At the very start, Mr. Jean Baptiste MANIRAKIZA, the coordinator of the interclass debate competitions who also doubles as the Director of the Center of Languages, gave a brief introduction of what the competition in question is all about. In his introductory remarks, he thanked the management of ULK, the students’ union and ULK community at large for their support in making the competition a success.
“ I’d like to express my heartfelt thanks to the management of our institution, the students ‘Union and ULK community in general for their unwavering support which made this interclass debate championship a success”, he emphatically said.
Shortly after the statement by Jean Baptiste MANIRAKIZA, the floor was given to Ariane Douce NISHIMWE, the senior judge, to clarify the instructions the debaters were supposed to adhere to while debating. As soon as she was done with the instructions, she welcomed the first speaker from the Proposition side to give the arguments on the motion which goes, “This house believes that unsuccessful leadership is instigated by the lack of honesty”. Year two Law was proposing the motion while year 2 Finance was opposing it.
The debaters on Finance side were Mr. Edward MUGABO, Ms Francine and Christelle while their opponents from Law were composed of Mr. Fiacre SINGIZWA, Ms CYUZUZO Dushime M. Grace and Ms MUTONIWASE Mbaya Aroobe.
As it was witnessed by whoever attended the event, both sides proved to have searched the motion as they could quote different written materials and well known personalities to better convince the audience as well as the judges who were composed of Lecturer Sauda UWERA, Mr. KABAYA Paul Ngenzi and Ariane Douce NISHIMWE .
Shortly after every debater had echoed their views, each team was given three minutes for a reply speech, a statement whose points better summarize the arguments of the team.
Since the members of the audience were eager wishing to know the winning team, the judges took some minutes to put their marks together and then they disclosed the results which revealed that Year 2 Law were the champions while Year 2 Finance were the First Run up.
It should be noted that the debaters were handed a token of appreciation in a form of certificates to thank them for their dedication to the debate competition.
Expressing his perceptions on the debate, Dr. Ezéchiel SEKIBIBI, the Vice Chancellor of Kigali Independent University ULK, said that the culture of debating is worth saluting as it enables students to think critically and develop their public speaking skills.
“I’m impressed by the way our students use English language to express their views on a given motion. This is incredible and something that needs to continue as it helps them to think critically and sharpen their public speaking skills”, he underscored.
It is the Vice Chancellor’s remarks that marked the end of the function.