GZU outclasses UZ in ICRC Moot Court competition

Great Zimbabwe University (GZU) law students set for Harare to battle it out in the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)  International Humanitarian Law Moot Court national competitions after outclassing the Midlands State University (MSU) and University of Zimbabwe (UZ) in the preliminary round held at MSU main campus recently.

GZU will be joined by second placed MSU while UZ will sing the blues as the competition progresses for coming last.

The competing teams were given topics to debate on, for and against, on the International Humanitarian Law highlighting its strengths and weaknesses.

Speaking after the competitions, GZU coach Tawanda Zvobgo of Dube, Manikai and Hwacha legal practitioners based in Harare, who started coaching the debate team last year, was elated by his team’s victory and promised to work harder in Harare and if possible win the competition.

“All the competitions we have won as Great Zimbabwe Hebert Chitepo Law School outside Zimbabwe have not really meant much because we haven’t taken anything here at home and this result is vindication for us that we as the youngest law school of the three that competed today that we can do it.

“The level of competition exhibited here was just amazing; all three Universities did amazingly well and congratulations to MSU for making it into the finals and UZ for taking part in this and giving it a go,” he said.

On the national finals, Zvobgo said “The kids will work as hard as they have been working. They are going to give it their very best and hope it will be good enough to take the day.”

The GZU debate team consisted of law students Catherine Ndoro level 2, Tendekai Mukawu level 1 and Simbarashe Chigumira level 2 also nominated overall best oralist in the competition.

Mr Ludovic Gonty the ICRC Head of Bulawayo Office said the ICRC continues to extend its networks to Universities like the Lupane State University and plans are underway to teach IHL at the University of Namibia.

He also said the institution is working with the Zimbabwean government in demining activities in the borders with Mozambique for the safety on citizens in the border areas.

The panel of Judges consisted of Mutsa Mangezi a legal practitioner working under the ICRC based in Pretoria South Africa and legal practitioners Rudo Magundani and Mr Exodus Donzvambeva.

The ICRC IHL national competition are set for Harare on the 14th of October and the winners will be set for the African regional competitions set for Arusha Tanzania.

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