Universities that took part in this year’s SEATIN debate competitions include Makerere, UCU, Islamic University of Uganda- IUIU, International University of East Africa- IUEA, Cavendish, Uganda Martyrs University-Nkozi, Kyambogo University, Mbarara, Ndejje and Gulu University.
The Southern and Eastern African Trade Institute –SEATIN has asked teachers to help improve the debating skills of students.
Ambassador Nathan Irumba, also SEATIN executive director said that
the fights and insults between different political camps is as a result of to
lack of teachers nurturing students’ debating skills in schools.
Irumba made the remarks on Thursday while speaking to journalists at the
official closure of 2019 inter-university debate competitions on taxi justice
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Uganda Christian University-UCU was on Wednesday declared winner
of this year’s competitions organised under the theme Harnessing the Potential
of the Youth in Advancing the Tax Justice Agenda.
Irumba added that promoting debates in schools does not promote the maturity in
debates but also makes learners familiarize with issues happening in the
“The most important thing about these debates is bringing awareness to students
more so realities about taxation. More important is to make follow up,
understanding on how money is used. That is accountability. It makes students
know that you can have difference on issues but you can be able to solve them
intellectually,” Irumba added.
This year’s inter-university debate was based on five topics among others taxi
incentives, double taxation agreements, taxation of informal sector, youth
participation in tax policy formulation, tax and human rights.
Universities that took part in this year’s SEATIN debate competitions include
Makerere, UCU, Islamic University of Uganda- IUIU, International University of
East Africa- IUEA, Cavendish, Uganda Martyrs University-Nkozi, Kyambogo
University, Mbarara, Ndejje and Gulu University.
Each university presented a team of three debaters whereby UCU was crowned
winner after gathering more than 80 points in a two-day nerve wrecking
Shubrah Kasozi, from UCU debater, said the debate enabled her
learn a lot about tax policies in the country.
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Makerere University came third while Kyambogo emerged first runner
The objectives of SEATIN inter-university debates include
providing a platform for students to discuss and debate about tax justice and
building a sense of appreciation among the youth on the linkage between tax and