Thirty-two Kenyan nationals have been sentenced to 10 years in jail by a military court sitting in Uganda’s north-eastern district of Moroto.

They were found guilty of illegal possession of firearms and ammunition, as well as illegal possession of ammunition – offences triable in a military court in Uganda.

Uganda’s deputy army spokesperson, Col Deo Akiiki, has confirmed the sentences.

Each offence attracts a 10-year jail term and the court ruled that the convicts will serve the sentences concurrently.

The Kenyans are all residents of the bordering Lodwar district. They were convicted on their own plea of guilty and will serve their sentences at Moroto government prison.

Uganda’s army said the arrests were part of a disarmament exercise in the region.