5TH EAST AFRICAN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS’ DEBATE HOSTED BY ULK KIGALI
Today, October 31st 2016, the fifth East African Students’ Debate competition was hosted by Kigali Independent University ULK, Kigali Campus. The guest of honor who officially declared the debate open was Rwanda’s Minister of Trade, Industry and East African Affairs, Hon. Kanimba François. Among other dignitaries were, East African Community Deputy Secretary General in charge of political federation, Hon. Njoroge Charles, ULK Vice Chancellor, Dr. Ezekiel SEKIBIBI, to mention but a few.
In his welcome remarks, Dr. Ezekiel SEKIBIBI, ULK Vice Chancellor, expressed his gratitude vis-à-vis the organizers of the event and particularly to the trust entrusted in Kigali Independent University as the host institution. He therefore reiterated that the university will do all it takes to ensure that all runs smoothly from start to finish. Thereafter he requested the debaters to accept whatever comes from the judges’ results and stand ready to spread the message of oneness to the rest of EAC residents.
“Our university is ready to do its best to ensure that everything runs smoothly as far as this debate is concerned. Indeed, I would request you, debaters to accept the outcome of the debate and remember that you are the pipelines through which flows information that raises people’s awareness on what East African integration is all about”, he said.
In the same vein, Deputy Secretary General of East African Community in charge of political federation, Hon. Njoroge Charles thanked Kigali Independent University for hosting the event and stressed that the youth are the stepping stone towards effective EAC integration.
“I want to thank Kigali Independent University for having accepted to host this debate. Indeed, the youth should be counted on because they are the stakeholders who widen the East African integration process”, he emphatically said.
In his opening statement, Rwanda’s Minister of Trade, Industry and East African Affairs, Hon. François Kanimba, could not hide his satisfaction towards Kigali Independent University for having hosted such an important event within its premises. Besides, he pointed out that the debate falls within EAC integration policies.
“The purpose of this event mirrors what East African Community is doing towards full integration. It is of course a testimony of the trust given to you, young people, and you’re tasked to shape the future of EAC”, he was quoted saying.
It should be noted that Kigali Independent University ULK was chosen as the host institution because of its infrastructure which meets the standards of the competition as well as its fame in EAC youth debate whereby its students won this competition twice.