Team Zimbabwe sets sight on prize at the Moot Court Europe competition

By Lavender Chandisareva

A group of 11 Zimbabwean students is set to represent the country at the Moot Court Europe competition to be held on June 27 in Romania.

Fresh from being crowned 2022 International Moot competition champions, Team Zimbabwe has now set its sight on raising the country’s flag even higher at the European competition.

The team, which comprises nine girls and two boys, is aiming for nothing except victory.

“We are so happy to take part in this competition and we are going to shine. As we are going to Romania, we are going to shine and lift the flag high. We will not only represent Zimbabwe but the whole of Africa,’ said Ruvimbo Simbi, the team’s representative.

The moot competitions come with benefits such as providing an opportunity for students to build advocacy skills and sharpen their public speaking and analytical skills on legal issues hence the need to support the team.

“We are ready to go and we have trust in our students that they are going to make it, let us all support them. We are expecting them to go on June 25,” said Nqobile Dube, the coach.

The team comprises Ruvimbo Simbi, Kuzivakwashe Khuleya, Rosa Gwisai, Chiyevo Mukonoweshuro, Hazel Chiige, Kudzaishe Makoni, Karl Makahamadze, Palesa Sigauke, Sedumedi Thulo, Sharon Marangwanda and Tadiwashe Choto.

A moot court competition simulates a court hearing (usually an appeal against a final decision), in which participants analyse a problem, research the relevant law, prepare written submissions, and present oral argument.

Moot problems are typically set in areas of law that are unsettled or that have been subject to recent developments. They usually involve two grounds of appeal, argued by each side.

The procedure imitates that followed in real courts.