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UNILAK comes second in EAC debate competition

UNILAK comes second in EAC  debate competition

The University of Lay Adventists of Kigali emerged the 2nd runner up of 2017 Inter-University Competition on East African Community Integration.
The competition took place last Friday April 28th, 2017 at College of Business and Economic, Gikondo Campus in Kigali.
The motion was “that Rwandans should adopt the heads of States resolutions banning the importation of second hands clothes”.
Bruce Niko, one of the debaters from UNILAK strongly opposed the motion saying that banning second hand clothes would result into the loss of jobs which would have an impact on lower income population.
He instead proposed progressive banning of second hand clothes (chagua) while looking at improving skills in manufacturing textiles and small increase of taxes on chagua just to push the promotion of Made in Rwanda clothes and other products.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, Hon. Dr Odette Nyiramirimo, a member of East African Legislative Assembly, urged youth to take advantage of EAC integration agenda and exploit the available opportunities to enhance the growth of Rwanda as well as the region.
“Youth occupy a big part of the EAC citizens that’s why we have to empower their potential and shape their skills. This is an opportunity for you to learn more so that they bring the changes to the region,” Hon. Nyiramirimo said.
She congratulated all participating universities, adding that such debates build and sharpen the youth’s knowledge on EAC integration, speaking skills and confidence.
David Ntambiye, the Aspire Debate National Coordinator who was Chief adjudicator of the competition, said that the motion about chagua was chosen for final debaters because it is the current burning issue that requires everyone’s intervention, especially the young generation.
After winning the competition, Bruce Niko and Bruce Intwali Murangira from UNILAK, expressed their delight saying that they did their best to win the competition and that the success comes as a result of hard working and strong team work.
The competition which was organized by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and EAC Affairs was also meant to educate youth about the East African Community integration agenda and give them time to share ideas on various issues about the region.
A total of 32 debaters from 16 Universities across the country participated in the competition.
The top three universities were awarded laptops, tablets, and trophies and the overall winner was the University of Gitwe.
UNILAK Kigali Campus and College of Medicine and Health Sciences Nyamishaba Campus emerged the second runners up.

UNILAK comes second in EAC debate competition

UNILAK comes second in EAC debate competition

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