By Isaac Akugizibwe
KIU, Main Campus - The inter-law firms moot tournament finally concluded on Friday 18th February 2022 with Fatou Bensouda taking it all as champions, beating arch-rivals Maraga and Co-Advocates with just a point.
With 75% and one point above eventual first runner's up, Maraga, Fatou Bensouda and Co-Advocates have all reasons to consider themselves lucky despite branding the former, 'no match' for them prior to Friday's final.
"I am not afraid of Maraga. They prove no competition against us," Fatou Bensouda's Managing Partner, Sylvester Byakika said before Friday's final.
Another piece that almost saw Fatou Bensouda eat their words is that Maraga had the two best orators of the tournament, Solomon Mbiira and Felix Tragena, though they were very much aware of what Solomon was capable of right from the preliminary round.
However, the leader of team Maraga, Justice Ochieng, was happy with his team's performance, saying that it was worth celebrating.
"It was a big achievement. Reaching the final alone is something we need to celebrate because there are teams that never make it. I thank members of Maraga and Co-Advocates for their team spirit," he said.
Thanks to the judges and the moot coordinator, Counsel Comfort Ndagire, for delivering what both teams refered to as a 'successfull tournament'. It is the judges that mattered in bringing home a replica of a court session in Friday's final.
The efforts of the KIU Law Department and Law Society as well as the firm managers and coordinators can never be taken for granted. The overall consensus suggests that a combination of their efforts made the 2022 moot competition an unrivaled success.
According to Justice Ochieng, the coordinator for Maraga and Co-Advocates - also an influential leader in the Law Society, the moot competition will no longer be annual as the organising team remains poised to making some changes in a bid to get many more students involved.