February 14th marked the opening of the Kigali Debate League (KDL)2015 .As excitement boiled in the air, students and judges filled up the I.F.A.K Kimihurura grounds at 7:30 am. With this Year’s theme as “The government of Rwanda should adopt the East African Treaty by establishing a common market, Monetary Union and a political federation” the students’ task was to come up with both affirmative and negative cases for their debates’. Having read the East African Treaty, the students got a more informative approach on understanding the motion. The tournament was attended by 30 judges, 14 schools all making up 46 teams and 10 iDebate staff
The 138 students from 14 schools debated both sides of the motion. Marking the end of the February Kigali Debate League, students and judges anticipated a very competitive debate that brought forward great arguments. The Liquidnet team from Agahozo Shalom argued that the articles in the East African treaty claim that all economic policies must be harmonized ignoring the nature of the types of the economies within the member countries. Gashora 2 also argued that the treaty would help Rwanda benefit especially the fact that it is already being implemented and the results would take some time to immediately harmonize.
The awarding saw Agahozo Shalom as the winner of the February debate league with Coach of the winning team as Edward Mulinda. Angela Kagabo the best speaker emerged from Well spring Academy. Despite having received training from the December 2014 debate camp, she still managed to beat the odds as a new student in debate and amassed a total of 86 points in her first 3 rounds. The 10 best speakers were also provided with certificates in that only 3 boys made it to the top 10 with the rest being girls. The second speaker is Muhizi Patrick from Kagarama Secondary School with 85. The third speaker with 84 was Stella Ituze from GGAST.
Congratulations to HABIYAMBERE Bonfils, IRYUMUGABA Maxime, URUTESI RWANZIZA Ornella and the whole Agahozo Shalom Youth Village team for winning the February 2015 Kigali Debate League tournament.
The ASYV team managed to score a total of 233 points in the first three rounds.
“… I didn’t expect this, i was inspired, I wanna say thanks to our coach, he did great” : Angela Kagabo-Best Speaker of the February KDL