This Public Debate was held at Agago Town Council on Wednesday 10th May 2017 between, Gwok Ma Inongo Paimol Network and Superstar Football and Netball Club both of whom are Community centres technically installed in 2013 under the project intervention “Peace Building and socio-economic development” with funding Support from the Austrian Development Agency & DKA Austria through Horizont3000.
The Public Debate that attracted 86 community attendees was based on the traditional debating concept where one side of the competitors proposed the motion while the other section opposed the motion.
The debate which raised a lot of anxieties even among the attendees had the Topic of the debate as “Women have equal rights to access and use Land”.
Some of the notable points raised by first speaker from the Proposers’ side, Hon. Okumu William (Superstar Football & Netball Club) of the debate were;
- Women are always honest and if they have control over land, development at household level can easily be realized.
- People depend on land through farming which is the main source of livelihood but most men would ignore this important value for land. He also quoted from a Book material that the Parliament of the Republic of Uganda also wrote a law regarding the topic that women should be given the right and ownership of Land and the opposers should again reject the government’s’ law on this attempt.
- Women always ensure children’s education are improved from the proceeds of Agriculture that comes from land especially these days majority of the men are drunkards.
- Reduced conflicts and land wrangles when women own land. This is because women love peace compared to man who sometimes love to solve problems with conflict.
While from the Opposers side, some of their key concerns about the subject matter were;
- Women have low self-esteem in the community easily than the men and thus may bring conflict in the family.
- Men are better people in problem solving than women and for this reason, we should join hands and give full land rights to men.
- Second speaker Hon.Akwero Janeth, quoted from the book of Genesis Chapter1:1-19 God said it’s not proper for a woman to have equal rights yet women came up from a man’s rib. God gave rights of access and ownership to a man and not women and this should be respected.
- Fourth speaker Hon.Komakech Daniel, who said Land is a clan land owned property controlled by men in the clan not women.
- Fifth speaker Hon. Canoroma Christine, said women are visitors in various homes since they are born from other homes and married to different homes. As a woman when you go to a different home you become part of the home.
The winners in the debate emerged as Superstar Football and Netball Club with 66 Points while Gwok ma Inongo Paimol Network obtained 55 Points.
The Adjudicators of the debate were Mr. Odongkara Bosco, a primary School headteacher with experiences in adjudicating competitions, Mr. Okello Geoffrey Maxwell a primary school teacher at Widul PS in Lukole sub county supported by Mr. Komakech Daniel, BOSCO Uganda’s Project Coordinator.
The best female Speaker who came from superstar Football & Netball Club was Ms. Apio Christine who was awarded 50,000/ Ugx and the best male speaker was Mr. Kidega Patrick from Gwok ma Inongo who was also awarded 50,000/= Ugx. The winning side Superstar Football and Netball Club were as well awarded 100.000/= Ugx.
The Objective of the debate was to enable the debaters demonstrate their computer skills using Microsoft Office PowerPoint and Microsoft word. While the debate was on going, the points of the debaters were being projected on the wall for the rest of the attendees to admire and get interested to learn computer skills.
Although the targeted participants were 250 attendees, only 86 community participants were present at the debate. This was because, part of the community were pulled away to go and attend a community concern that arose from the health centre within the Town Council / District head quarter where a newly born baby died and was said to be a negligence from the nurse on duty at the time of this occurrence.