, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 9 – Moi University has emerged top in the pilot African Governance Architecture Moot Court Competition hosted by the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (AfCHPR).
The institution scored 89.2 percent and was closely followed by the University of Zambia which had a score of 89.1 and Makerere University of Uganda had a score 88.5 percent.
According to the results by an independent jury, Chitalu Yalobi of University of Zambia finished as the Best Oralist with 96.3 percent followed by Stephen Otieno Adier of Moi University with 91.1 percent and Donald Maasa of Makerere University with 90.1 percent.
“On the basis of your performance and spirited engagement, we can firmly state that the future of Africa is very bright,” said the President of the AfCHPR Justice Augustino Ramadhani.
Ramadhani stated that all the 12 finalists demonstrated eloquence, conviction and passion for the African Human Rights system.
He stated that the court would continue to engage law students and African Universities with the view to promoting human rights and related issues on the continent.
He invited African Universities to participate in the Continental Moot Court Competition to be held on 21 October in Banjul, The Gambia, as part of the African Union’s celebration of 2016 as the Year of Human Rights with a Special Emphasis on the Rights of Women.
The finalists for this year were: L’ Universite Catholique d’Afrique Centrale (Cameroon); Makerere University (Uganda), Moi University (Kenya) ;University of Pretoria (South Africa), University of Zambia (Zambia); Centre d ‘etude et de recherché (Burkina Faso) and University of Ibadan (Nigeria).
Others were: University of Zimbabwe (Zimbabwe); University of Nigeria, Nsukka (Nigeria); St Augustine University (Tanzania); Law Development Centre (Uganda) and Haramaya University (Ethiopia).
Each team was represented by two students and assisted by a team coach.
The Moot Court Competition was jointly organised by the African Court on Human Peoples’ Rights, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and the African Governance Architecture and funded by the German International Development Agency (GIZ).