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Sergeant at Arms Abandons Council Over Unpaid Allowances

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Loum explains that the Sergeant at Arms abandoned his responsibilities to protest delayed payment of his allowances for the past four council meeting.
One of the Councilors walks out of the Kitgum District Council meeting after verbal exchange with the Speaker
Business was paralysed at Kitgum district local government for close to three hours this morning when the Sergeant at Arms, Pollicup Okello abandoned his duties to protest unpaid arrears. The District council that was scheduled to start at 9am couldn't proceed until after 11am due to the absence of the Sergeant at arms.

It took the intervention of the Speaker, Simon Loum Loum, who engaged the Kitgum District Police Commander to send new officers to allow the meeting to kick off. Loum explains that the Sergeant at Arms abandoned his responsibilities to protest delayed payment of his allowances for the past four council meeting.

Okello was joined by two unnamed police officers. Our reporter was unable to establish how much council owes the officers.  The former Kitgum District Council Speaker, Geoffrey Oguti, says the Sergeant at Arm have pertinent functions in the council as enshrined in the Standard Rules of Procedures.

The Sergeant at Arm keeps order especially when members or participants are disruptive. The Sergeant may warn them and in extreme cases, eject them from the meeting. The role may involve some administrative tasks such as collecting ballots, tallying votes and recording attendance.

The Sergeant-at-Arm provides a safe, secure and clean environment throughout the precincts of the council hall and also undertakes ceremonial duties among others. He also carries the mace, which symbolizes the authority of the speaker of the house.