ARLPI's Letter to South Sudan

July 15, 2011
On Saturday, 9 July, South Sudan was granted autonomy from Sudan after more than four decades of armed struggle. We, the Acholi Religious Leaders from Northern Uganda, extend our sincerest congratulations to you upon this success.  We are grateful for the path of non-violence you have taken to end this conflict. Our prayer is that God guides and protects you in this post independence era.


Furthermore, we urge you to resolve peacefully all remaining areas of contention, such as the administration of the border between North and South and the division of oil revenues from Abyei.


Our sincere appreciation goes to:


  1. His Excellency Omar al-Bashir, President of the Republic of Sudan. For being the first to recognize the south‘s independence. Under your leadership/regime the south was granted independence.


  1. His Excellency Salva Kiir Mayardit, the president of the Republic of South Sudan. For able leadership as a transitional president and creative diplomacy when confronted with contentious issues.


  1. The People of Sudan and South Sudan. Our appeal to you is that you remain peaceful and united for harmonious co-existence. Let no administrative border between north and south create disunity.


  1. The International Community. We thank you for supporting peaceful means to end the conflict in the south.



Fresh in our minds is the role of South Sudan in mediating the Juba peace talks under the leadership of Dr. Riek Machar Mayadit. May you renew these broken peace efforts.


Long live South Sudan. Long live Sudan. And, may God bless you.



Together for peace,


+ Rt. Rev. Johnson Gakumba II

((Chairman ARLPI) Bishop Diocese of Northern Uganda)  

+ Most Rev. John Baptist Odama (Archbishop of Gulu) - Member ARLPI

+ Rt. Rev. Macleod Baker Ochola II Johnson Gakumba (Retired Bishop Diocese of Kitgum)

* All Hajji Sheik Musa Khalil (the Khadi Acholi) - Vice Chairman ARLPI

+ Fr. Julius Orach (the Dean of Orthodox) - Member ARLPI

+ Rt. Rev. Benjamin Ojwang (Bishop of Kitgum Diocese) - Member ARLPI

+ Rt. Rev. Nelson Onono Onweng (Retired Bishop Diocese of Northern Uganda) - Member ARLPI

+ Rt. Rev. Sabino Odoki Ocan (now Bishop Diocese of Arua) - Member ARLPI