International Relations majors Ms Eunice Njeri (Freshman) and Ms. Lucy Irungu (Sophomore) trounced two Strathmore University teams, to be declared winners of a debate held at Strathmore University on Friday, May 25. The debate brought together four universities in a discussion centered on analyzing Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta's development plan, and which the opportunities it presents for young people.
The plan, popularly referred to as the “Big Four Agenda', is built on four key pillars: raising the manufacturing sector’s contribution to Kenya’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) from 9 to 15 percent by 2022; expanding food production and supply; providing universal health coverage for all Kenyan homes; and building 500,000 affordable houses.
Each of the four USIU-Africa teams comprising two students each, sailed through the first round elimination competitions to qualify for the semifinals, with only one of the four qualifying for the final. The winners were commended for exhibiting wide knowledge of the subject matter, as well as effectively utilizing verifiable facts and statistical data, with admirable confidence.
Ms. Njeri, who was recognized as the best female speaker was thankful for having received an opportunity to express herself, while her colleague Ms. Irungu, testified to their rigorous preparation despite their unfamiliarity with the British Parliamentary Debate format.The four teams are already preparing to participate in Amnesty International’s Annual Inter-Varsity Human Rights Debate, whose structure conforms to the Mjadala Kenya Debate format.
International Relations majors win Strathmore debate
- Written by Ernest Anguru