Acholi Clerics Organize Leadership Conference on Post War Recovery

Onono says the conference will discuss problems which are affecting the Acholi community ten years after guns of the LRA rebel group felt silent.
06 Oct 2019 12:44
Bishop Onono Ongweng

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Acholi clerics under their umbrella Acholi Religious Leaders Peace Initiative (ARLPI) are scheduled to hold their first Acholi leadership conference on the post Lord`s Resistance Army-LRA insurgency.   

The conference will take place at the ARLPI offices in Koro Sub County in Omoro district tomorrow (Monday) under the theme this year ‘’Enoba Omoro’’ translated as ‘’Attention Omoro’’.   

Bishop Nelson Onono Ongweng, the ARLPI Chairperson told URN on Friday that the conference will in the consequent years roll out to Gulu, Amuru, Nwoya, Kitgum, Pader, Lamwo and Agago districts.     

Onono says the conference will discuss problems affecting the Acholi community over the past ten years since the guns of the rebels fell silent.   

He explains that there is alarming poverty and poor quality education in Acholi Sub Region ten years even after the return of peace.    

Onono says the issues to be addressed will include the role of leaders in promoting sustainable development, education, household income, eradicating poverty and promoting environmental protection.    

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Onono further explained that Acholis benefited from assistances from several Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) and government after the war but they are still stuck in poverty and poor quality education.   

He said Omoro was selected to host the first conference being the youngest district in the Sub Region, which needs urgent attention towards development.   

Michael Ogenrwot, the ARPLI Legal Officer, said the pilot conference will draw 33 political leaders and five opinion leaders from Omoro and 10 religious leaders under ARLPI.

Onono disclosed that the initiative rose from a mini-survey conducted by ARLPI over the years, which discovered that there are low levels of education in Acholi Sub Region, which has contributed to poverty and low standards of livelihoods.    


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Gilbert Olanya, the Acholi Parliamentary Group General secretary has welcomed the idea, saying it is a good move to develop Acholi Sub Region.