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Strathmore Debate and Public Speaking Team the best in Kenya

Strathmore Debate Club(SDC) took part in the  2nd Inter-Varsity Human Rights Debate and Public Speaking Competition that was held during the weekend, 27th -28th of September at St. Paul’s University, Limuru. The event was organised by Amnesty International, Students Consortium for Human Rights Advocacy (SCOHRA) and the Kenya National Debate Council (KNDC).


This year’s championship themed: “Poverty and Human Rights” intended to engage students in an organized competitive debating and public speaking environment where they reflect on the plight of the people living in poverty and how/what links it has on Human Right related issues. There were a total of forty four debate teams representing the followings institutions: Strathmore University, African Nazarene University, Daystar University, Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology, Kabianga University, Kenyatta University, Moi University, University of Nairobi, United States International University, Mount Kenya University and the hosts St. Paul’s University.


The Strathmore University teams of debaters showed its dominance all the way from the start and in the end they were unstoppable as they emerged the best University in debate category.


Receiving the award for the best University Debate Team from Chief Guest Justus Nyang’aya (3rd from left)

The full debate team comprised of three teams: Strathmore A (John Muriithi and Vincent Luka), Strathmore B (Kassam Elvis and Valentine Mbeyu Wabungo) and Strathmore C (Ruth Ambogo and Sharill Rasowo). That did not mark the end of the dominance and winning style of SU as John Muriithi emerged as the best debater of the championship out of a pool of eighty eight debaters competing for that coveted award.


John Muriithi Receiving his award: The Best Debater.

In Public Speaking/Speech Category SU again showed its dominance .The public speaking team comprising of Kassam Elvis, Wycliffe Guguni and Nancy Omondi all made in to the top ten out of the fifty public speakers eyeing to be the best. Not only did they make it to top ten, they also emerged the best team and Kassam Elvis emerged position three overall, his speech was entitled “Poverty and Human Rights: The Future for Kenya”

Kassam Elvis receiving his award: 3rd best in Public Speaking/Speech Category.


Other highlights of the event were speeches by Justus Nyang’aya (CEO of Amnesty International-Kenya) and Evans Gor Semalang’o (Chair of BoD Youth Enterprise Development Fund).Mr Gor challenged the youth to take advantage of the current goodwill of the government to venture into entrepreneurship and be at the forefront in shaping the destiny of Kenya. On his part Mr Nyang’aya challenged the youth to be the champions and at the forefront in the fight against human rights abuses and poverty in Kenya and the world at large. The event was a success as it enabled like-minded students from different universities to interact and share ideas.

The Club plans to hold an Inter-Faculty Debate Competition later on in the year to identify good speakers and debaters and to cultivate an ardent debating and public speaking culture in Strathmore.

“It is undeniable that every human being is entitled to living space, daily bread, and the protection of the law as a common birth right; these are fundamentals and should not be handed out as an act of charity.” ? Alfred Delp, S.J

Kassam Elvis