Student attends EAC Universities Debate

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Jesse Kimani Mutua a Bachelor of Commerce student at Inoorero University was one of the participants at the first East African Community University Students’ Debate in Arusha, Tanzania.

The forum which was held on August 23-24, 2012 at the Impala Hotel discussed on Regional Integration in East Africa.

The debate whose theme was: “Understanding the Benefits and Challenges of Political Integration in East Africa” attracted at least 100 students from universities and other education institutions from across the EAC region. It was organized by the EAC Nyerere Centre for Peace Research (NCPR) with the support of GIZ.

The main objective of the debate was to promote continuous dialogue among the youth and interest them in advocating regional integration initiatives. In addition, the convention provided a platform for the youth to participate in and contribute to policy formulation on issues that constitute the EAC youth agenda.

Jesse, a third year student successfully applied and was competitively picked among 30 participants.

The debaters were to interact with their counterparts from other member states and debate either as opposers’ or proposers of the motion of political integration of EAC states.

Jesse whose group was opposing the motion came in second position out of six groups. Three of the best groups were awarded with cash prizes by the Deputy Secretary General, Productive and Social Sectors Hon. Jessica Eriyo.

The best debaters were also awarded with certificates as well as all the participants. Hon. Eriyo also awarded certificates to students who were selected to be the ambassadors of EAC integration in their countries.