Midlands State University has won the National Debate Open Championship for Institutions of Higher learning, beating ten other institutions that participated in the competitions. The competitions were held at the National University of Science and Technology in Bulawayo from the 6th to the 10th of June, 2019.
Institutions that took part in the annual debate open championships, which follow the British Parliamentary Debating System, included the University of Zimbabwe, National University of Science and Technology, Africa University, Lupane State University and Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Polytechnic.
The Great Debaters as the MSU team is affectionately known put on a brilliant performance, displaying great eloquence and intellect in their presentations. This saw three of the Great Debaters emerging as the competition’s best three speakers.
The Great Debaters will now proceed to participate in the Southern African Regional Competitions, which will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa at the end of this month.
The team is no stranger on the African debate stage, having over the past three years produced some of the best speakers in addition to having won the Pan African Debating Championships in 2017, and finishing as the first runners up in the 2018 continental championships.
To the team we say, Congratulations, Makorokoto, Amhlophe!!!
We wish you all the best ahead of Southern African Regional Competitions.