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Moi University law students shame critics by winning contest

By LUCAS BARASA December 7th, 2015 1 min read

Moi University has won the pilot continental moot court competition for law students held in Arusha.

The university scored 89.2 per cent in last week’s African Moot Court Competition.

The competition attracted 12 universities.

The Eldoret-based institution was closely followed by University of Zambia (89.1 per cent) and Uganda’s Makerere (88.5).

The Council of Legal Education had in September  ordered Moi University to close its school of law for failing to meet requirements to offer the course.

In a letter to Vice-Chancellor Richard Mibey, the council said Moi University did not have the capacity to offer law courses.

In competition, Mr Chilato Yalobi from University of Zambia was named best oralist (96.3 per cent), followed by Mr Stephen Otieno Adier of Moi University (91.1 per cent) while Mr Donald Maasa from Makerere emerged third (90.1 per cent).

Other universities that participated in the finals are L’Universite Catholique d’Afrique Centrale (Cameroon), University of Pretoria (South Africa), Centre d’etude et de recherché (Burkina Faso) and University of Ibadan (Nigeria).

University of Zimbabwe, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, St Augustine University (Tanzania); Law Development Centre (Uganda) and Haramaya University (Ethiopia) also participated.

Each team was represented by two students assisted by a team coach.

The teams presented oral submissions for 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for rebuttals and questions from the jury.

The competition was conducted in English and French, with simultaneous translation.

The winners were determined from the highest score attained from two competition rounds.

The participants attended a workshop on the African Human Rights System at the Naura Springs Hotel before the event.