Parliament Flags Off 2015 Debating Champions to Romania

Dokolo woman legislator, Cecilia Ogwal (holding flag) flagging off the young debaters from Kiira College Butiki on Thursday (Photo by Nixon Segawa / Chimpreports)

Parliament has Thursday flagged off a delegation of the National 2015 Debate Champions set to represent Uganda at the ARGO Open 2016 International World Schools Debating Tournament in Romania.

Uganda’s delegation consists of the 2015 winning team of debaters from Kiira College School Butiki who include; Christopher Arnold Muchwa, approved Gilbert Namukowa, clinic John Baptist and Bruno Ernest Agaba. They will move in company of Gastervus Kakaire as an adjudicator and Florence Atim their coach.

The Chairman, order National Debate Council, Gasta Kakaire told Chimpreports that this is the third time Uganda is participating in such international competitions the first being in Netherland in 2009 followed by Turkey in 2010. The best performance ever registered was in Turkey when the Ugandan team managed to break through to the semi-finals.

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The team was flagged off by the Parliamentary Commissioner and Dokolo legislator, Cecilia Ogwal on behalf of the Speaker of Parliament who is out of the country on official duty.

The competition will take place from September 2 to 6 and the winning team will walk away with a trophy and other gifts. The event will gather 180 participants from over ten countries including; the United States of America, Germany, Czechia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Moldova, Romania and Uganda.

Daniel Douglas Kaima the school Head Teacher Kiira College Butiki appreciated Parliament along with government for the support rendered to facilitate the team’s stay in Romania.

“I want to extend my sincere appreciation to government for commissioning to the team a total of Ugshs 25 million as assistance to the school as well appreciate the National Debating Council for patroning all the preparations,” Kaima noted.

While flagging off the team, the Commissioner, Ogwal wished the team success and vowed to work together with all relevant authorities to ensure that debates in the country are supported in schools which will later help to strengthen the quality of debate at Parliament among legislators.

“I get very disappointed when young Parliamentarians representing the youth are complaining because much as you are doing much to promote the image of Uganda outside, government is not giving you support,” Ogwal said.

The Dokolo MP added that, “Am urging the youth MPs to liaise with the Ministry of Education so that you cause a slot in the budget for promoting such initiatives like debating and others; I also pledge that I will be part of the team to promote the funding of such initiatives.”

“I am personally challenged because we parliamentarians need to learn the debating styles because it benefits members; if we really knew, it would benefit us a lot, we would take less time arguing since the style we will be bringing up points would call for points of order and clarification.”

“We parliamentarians need to learn how to debate important issues; am very happy to flag you off and as a woman who believes in God, I know you will come back from Romania with something.”


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