By Isaac Akugizibwe
KIU, Main Campus – Mahad Balyamujura, the recently sworn in president of the Debate Union of KIU Main Campus breathes debate.
The 22-year-old Law student is regarded as a great orator, analyst and a visionary leader by his peers, a status pedestal he has been elevated to by his life-long dedication to debate.
Mahad has been a debater since his early school days. Straight from Primary school to University, he has always demonstrated a high level of intellectual curiosity and ability. His articulate approach to matter makes him an indispensable debator. This explains the reason why he is always the best or among the very best in everything competition.
A former treasurer of the KIU Debate Union, Balyamujura led a team of debaters that won the National Environment Debate organized by the National Water and Sewerage Corporation. He proved his worth by winning the best speaker award, an equivalent of 500,000 shillings.
He went to Kashozi primary school in Bushenyi district before joining Kibuli secondary school for his Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE). He later joined Kakungulu memorial school in Kampala for A'level from where he joined KIU for his Law degree.
He was the first runner up and a quarterfinalist at the Uganda Debate Arena(UDA) in Mbarara 2019 and the Uganda Debt Network (UDN) in Gulu 2019 Debate competitions respectively.
Apart from being a proficient debater, Balyamujura is an ambitious leader. He is the speaker of the University's leading student think tank Forum for Ideas. But to prove his ambition, he pledged to accept impeachment if he fails to deliver during his tenure as President of the KIU Debate Union.
He is also a strong advocate for equity and fair judgement. In his speech after swearing in, he disclosed that one of the factors that saw him run for presidency was to advocate for justice in the National Debate competitions.