World Moot Court champs, Major Zharare honoured

By Justin Mahlahla and Idah Mhetu

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has paid tribute to the World and European Champions whom he presented with a US$30 000 token of appreciation.

He congratulated the Zimbabwe Moot Court team for flying the national flag high and becoming both the World and European Champions in the Moot Court Competition held recently in Romania.

Speaking at a function held at the State House in honour of the Moot Court team as well as Major Winnie Zharare of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Mnangagwa said, “The girls and boys of the Zimbabwe Moot Court team must be recognised as an emblem of the potential and talent that exists among the young people of our great country. Indeed, the team has proven to be a beacon of excellence in problem analysis, research and oral presentation,” said President Mnangagwa.

He added, “I am proud of our team. Zimbabwe is proud of each and every one of you. From the 14th to the 25th of May 2022, you participated virtually in the International Moot Court Competition held in the USA.”

“I am told that amongst the 16 countries participating, Zimbabwe was the only African Country and you managed to brush aside American and European competition to be crowned world champions of the High School International Moot Court Competition,” he said.

“Your journey has been nothing short of mesmerising as you excelled in other debate competitions such as the African Rumble held in May 2021; the South African

High School Debate held in December 2021; and the Oxford Debate Tournament held in February and March this year. Your top rankings in these competitions sharpened you for the task ahead of being World Champions and European Champions.”

President Mnangagwa said a lawyer, he was extremely impressed by the students’ ability, more so as Moot competitions are traditionally held at university level.

He said, “Your success as World and European Champions attests to Zimbabwe’s high standards of education and our quest to raise well-rounded learners. Furthermore, the fact that most of you are studying science and commercial subjects shows your mental agility and versatility, Indeed, our competency based curriculum and the life skills from such competitions have proven that Zimbabwean learners can pursue any field to realise their full potential.”

He said the Government will continue to improve the requisite learning environment for our learners so that they are able to compete and match up to their peers from across the world.

“Going forward, I am aware that you are the reigning champions of the Julius Nyerere Invitational Debate competition. Do not lose focus with these two victories. Go out there and retain your place as the African champions. As your President, I am behind you; the nation of Zimbabwe is also behind you. We all wish you all, the very best.”

At the same occasion, President Mnangagwa also honoured Major Winnie Zharare for representing the country with flying colours in her tour of duty as a military observer in the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMISS).

For her sterling work, Major Zharare received a token of appreciation of US$10 000.

“As Commander in Chief, I recognise that every soldier distinguishes themselves through winning battles. However, this achievement speaks volumes of Major Zharare’s dedication to duty dedication to duty as well as her capabilities with regards to meeting the set UN criteria, for the award.

“It is also a reflection of the high calibre of officers within our Zimbabwe Defence Forces. On 26 May 2022, the United Nations Secretary General presented Major Zharare with the Award in New York. This was in recognition of her invaluable role as a woman officer in building trust, advocating for change and forging for peace in the Mission area,” said the President.

He added, “I am pleased to be honouring one of our military officers, Major Winnet Zharare, who excelled during her tour of duty in South Sudan. Major Zharare was deployed to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan UNIMISS) as a Military Observer in 2020. The seventeen-month deployment in the North East African country saw her distinguish herself to earn the coveted 2021 United Nations Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award.”