Chamisa to speak at Oxford Union

HARARE - The Oxford Union, the most prestigious student debating organisation in the United Kingdom whose membership is drawn primarily from the University of Oxford, will be hosting MDC Alliance presidential candidate Nelson Chamisa on May 7 to debate Zimbabwe’s ongoing political transition.

Chamisa joins countless British prime ministers, three US presidents and top political figures from the Dalai Lama to Malcolm X on the prestigious 195-year-old debating society’s archival guest list.  

In an e-mailed invitation to Chamisa from Brendan McGrath, assistant to Oxford Union president Gui Cavalcanti, the union described the youthful MDC Alliance presidential aspirant as “radical and optimistic whose personality and national vision needed to be directed to a global audience”.

“In taking advantage of Zimbabwe’s current transitions… Chamisa has crafted himself into a radically optimistic, charismatic leader to challenge the sedentary pessimism which has prevailed in the country for so long,” McGrath said.

“A visit to the Oxford Union would capitalise on this image, directing his personality and national vision to a global audience, one tuned into Zimbabwe and eager to have their opinions shaped. It would be an honour to welcome him.”

Commenting on the invite to address the debating society at the famous university located about 70km north of London, Chamisa’s spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka said the MDC was humbled by the gesture.

“We are going to take advantage of the invitation to this prestigious speaking platform to have the president articulate his policy direction. It is significant in that it tells that the whole world has been charmed by the Chamisa moment,” Tamborinyoka said.

Founded in 1823, the Oxford Union is a venerable platform for debate at the university. And debating at the Oxford Union takes two forms — competitive debating and chamber debating.

Chamisa will take part in the chamber debating which include debates known as Public Business Meetings with invited guest speakers for which the Union is best known.

This tends to be less formal in format, even if more formal in tone requiring clarification, than competitive debates, and the manner of delivery is closer to public speaking, with audience engagement far more important.

On the other hand, competitive debating is the preserve of a minority of members of the Union.

The Union’s best debaters compete internationally against other top debating societies, and the Oxford Union regularly fields one of the most successful teams at the World Universities Debating Championships and the European Universities Debating Championships.

Comments (11)

This is great stuff to hear. We will be praying that God may give Chamisa great wisdom and the ability to articulate his vision for the nation and policies

Gerald - 12 April 2018

Ako ungakadii hako. Kamufana aka huchi mhani. Benzi rega ndorizviramba. Zvina Mwari mukati izvi usabate. Enda mafana and show them kuti wakadyawo mabhuku uye kuti wabva kune vanhu vanokuda asi kunyange vachitambura hawo. Usatya Mwari vanewe charming Chamisa. Izvooo! Vamwe vachigodoka iwe enda chete vanokudii, mungamudii muzodzwa vaMwari nevanhu. Mwari ngaakukurise akuchengete, akupe njere saSolomon utonge nyika iyi yakanaka upe vanhu vakatambudzwa kwemakore mufaro.

Rufaro - 12 April 2018

i do not see him Chamisa any different from Joseph Kabilla. to conviince a constituency that will vote u inpower is different from addressihg an academic forum. mark my words

G M - 12 April 2018

this man i presumed to have to have schooled but it seem he has never heard of maslouw's hierarchy of needs. thinking of bullet trains and sphadhetti road while no prriotisation on basic needs. a school in gutu his home area needs electricity to pursue science projects which ke does not see as a priority let on the strategies to feed the nation. the man is daught.

G M - 12 April 2018

Ako kaChamisa pfeee. Apo mahaters cannot stomach it when he dream about the future. God bless you Chamisa, go and show them who you are and want you are looking forward to do for Zimbabwe.

Joe Chikanda - 13 April 2018

Muchagodoka ana GM mukazvirega gore rino. I told many people kuti Chamisa is and was anointed to lead, whatever is happening it was prophesied many years ago you are only seeing it come to pass now. Zanu obsesses about bullet train and spaghetti roads and conveniently choose to ignore 98% of what Chamisa has said and nowhere did he say bullet trains are a priority. If a school in Gutu needs electricity then good the question we have is who has been in power for 38yrs and has failed to provide even a book for those kids. when you answer that that is when you will understand why Zanu system has failed the people and you busy bashing a guy who is willing to dream big and have a vision for his people. The audacity of HOPE

doc - 13 April 2018

GM ukarwadziwa na Chamisa haupore,He was invited because of his capabilities and ability to transform Zimbabwe into the world destination . Wako adiyi ku shedziwa. Vanoshedza vanhu vane vision kwete vanongohumana pasina chinobuda. Chamisa power

chidhoro - 13 April 2018

GM u dnt kno wah u tokn abt inga Chamisa anotaura zveEducation wani free education for primary level and he addresses health issues futi and employment what can be more basic than that...tinyararire udzikame

tana - 13 April 2018

People like GM are out of touch with facts and reality.You hate Chamisa , you love fraudsters.its is public secret that ZAnu is made up of corrupt fraudsters.Chamisa you are an inspiration to our generation , with my stidies almost complete i will be with you on the educated platform.zanu is fool of dwarfs and danderheads

matebele warrior - 13 April 2018

GM haunyare kushoresa bato rako ZANU PF.Uri dofo mfana,go and write corrections.Kamboyi kemunhu.

MUTEKEDE - 14 April 2018

These guys from the West are just reluctant to tell ED kuti they dont like him,but believes kuti the future is in Chamisa.Kuvhotera Zanu PF is like kunodzosera an expired item mushop and getting another expired item.Dejavu chaiyo

Aprilkate - 15 April 2018

Post a comment

Readers are kindly requested to refrain from using abusive, vulgar, racist, tribalistic, sexist, discriminatory and hurtful language when posting their comments on the Daily News website.
Those who transgress this civilised etiquette will be barred from contributing to our online discussions.
- Editor

Your email address will not be shared.