Uganda court jails Kenyans for 20 years over illegal arms

AFP , Thursday 13 Apr 2023

A Ugandan military court has sentenced dozens of Kenyan pastoralists to 20 years in prison after they pleaded guilty to illegal possession of firearms, an official said Thursday.

Members of the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) position themselves on the Ugandan side of the border town in Bunagana, Democratic Republic of Congo, while awaiting deployment on March 30, 2023. AFP


The 32 nomadic herders from northern Kenya were captured in an intelligence operation on Saturday, following an exchange of gunfire in Moroto district in northeastern Uganda, Brigadier General Joseph Balikuddembe told AFP.

They appeared before a military court on Tuesday, the Moroto-based officer said.

"The 32 (suspects)... were convicted and sentenced to 20 years on their own plea of guilty for illegal possession of firearms and ammunitions," he said.

The remote and impoverished northeastern region has endured decades of tit-for-tat armed cattle raids between nomadic clans that wander the lawless frontier between Uganda, South Sudan and Kenya.

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