This is indeed what is reflected in ARLPI initiatives in Northern Uganda."
In 1998, religious leaders in Gulu in Northern Uganda invited the Kitgum team to get behind the initiative, and suggested a change of name to ARLPI. This would indicate a broader association across the spatial landscape of the Acholi region, which had witnessed a uniform wave of unrest.
ARLPI have sought to counteract Kony's claims to religious authority.
In the context of Northern Uganda, ARLPI is presented as a locally-constituted religious organisation.
This is what happened with northern Uganda, where the Acholi Religious Leaders Peace Initiative (ARLPI) ignited and lent support to the peace negotiations with the Lord's Resistance Army and the government of Uganda
As an example, one of the Anglican founders of ARLPI, Rt.
Indeed, Khandiagala (2001) (30) rightly noted that without doubt the ARLPI was an innovative experiment in cross-confessional mobilization that defied the history of sectarianism in the north and Uganda in general.
Although these contradictions occurred, and indeed caused friction between the ARLPI and the central government, the unexpected outcome was that it created trust, for the people who saw the religious group's initiative as the only hope for peace.
One of the remarkable acts by the ARLPI, perhaps emulating the Pope's call for peace and forgiveness, is that as leaders from the north they publicly apologized for the atrocities that had been committed on the people in the south, especially the Baganda, by the former northern-led governments.
ARLPI's efforts translated into a meeting between the LRA and Betty Bigombe, a government representative, in Palabek, Kitgum.
In addition to the peace negotiations, ARLPI reached out to the international relief agencies such as Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD), Trocaire, the German Bishops' Organisation for Development (MISEREOR), et al., for humanitarian help to the people of Northern Uganda.
It is, however, imperative to point out that the funding generated by the ARLPI did not come without fault.