by Trinity Mapendere| Midlands State University, ZW
Midlands State University is not slowing down on its vision of being among the top Universities in the African continent, as it successfully hosted the 9th Pan African Debate Championships 2016.
Dubbed ‘Madzimbabwe’ drawing its title from the Ancient Great Zimbabwe ruins which are the pride of our national culture, MSU in partnership with the Pan African Universities Debate Council was held at MSU from 9-17 December.
The prestigious tournament running under the theme “Creating African debating footprints”, was official opened by the acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Ngonidzashe Muzvidziwa . it drew up to 20 African universities represented by more than 500 international delegates.
Since its foundation in 2008, the PAUDC has over the years provided students with a platform where they can express their views on the issues affecting the African continent as they are the future leaders.
Over the years, the African continent has been home to many unresolved issues either political, economic or social and these challenges seem to be affecting the future generations and PAUDC has stirred real engagements with real solutions and remedies to most challenges.
MSU public relations acting director, Mrs. Mawarire described PAUDC entrusting the university with hosting such a major event as historical to the university’s name and the Zimbabwean nation as a whole.
Event organiser Samuel Muleya commended on the journey to hosting the event as a memorable one, “We had to be at our best from accommodation, venues and food, I must say our catering was 5 star as we made sure our visitors had best meals”.
The closing ceremony also witnessed the handover of the tournament to the 2017 Pan African Universities Debate Championship hosts, Cameroon. Tanzania was announced as hosts for the 2018 tournament.
Wits University emerged as major victors on the night after winning both sets of closely contested public speaking and debate finals. For their efforts, Wits University represented by Bongani Masilela and Mpilwenhle Mpilo Ndlovu walked away with the prestigious PAUDC trophy and the public speaking trophy.