The Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU) has qualified for the national youth debate competition after it emerged the winner of the Inter-university Youth Debate Competition of the year 2022 which was organized by the Youth Go-Green and funded by the Ministry of Water and Environment.
The University will be representing the Eastern Region at the national level on 26th March, 2022.
IUIU won the tournament after defeating National Teachers College Kaliro in the second round of the Eastern Region youth debate competitions.
Other Universities that took part in the the debate include Uganda Christian University (UCU) Mbale campus, Makerere University Jinja campus, Busitema University and Kumi University and National Teachers College Kaliro.
The debate was under the theme “Water conservation: A necessity of the present to secure the future.”
IUIU team was represented by Ivan Magomu who is the chairperson of the Law Students Society (LSS) and Kiyuba Jennah the state minister campus a fair for both students from the Law school at the main campus.
IUIU’s public relations officer Madam Kantono Rehema who was the chief guest thanked the organizers for laying a platform for the youth in conserving the environment. Thanked all the participants for taking part in the debate.
In her remarks, she congratulated Ivan Magomu and Kiyuba Jennah for coming up as winners and also encouraged all those that participated to keep moving as debaters.
“Thank you, Ivan and Jennah, for representing us you have made us proud. To the other debaters, you have not lost, I cannot tell how people were following the debate”. She said.
Maximo Twinomuhangi the team leader of Kyoga water management zone who was the guest of honor representing the permanent secretary in the ministry of water and environment said the youth are key players in conserving water and the environment.
The Guild president of the Islamic University in Uganda Kakande Hafdwar while addressing the gathering asked the government to always involve the youth while drafting and implementing the policies to conserve the water and the environment. Kakande sees the youth as implementers of the environmental policies therefore they have to be involved at all levels.
“The young people are the basis in any planning. The young people must be involved because they will correct the mistakes made by the elders, the young people must be prioritized. We cannot secure the future when the youth are left out” he remarked.
By Kamyuka Keneth