Police in northern Uganda have arrested five individuals suspected of breaking the country’s laws against same-sex sexual activity.

The Ugandan Monitor reports the suspects were arrested in the district of Pader following claims they were seeking to “promote” homosexuality in schools.

The paper claims they were seeking to carry out “clandestine movements”, “luring the pupils and students into the practice.”

Romeo Onek, of Pader Central Police Station, said the arrested suspects include two businessmen, one teacher, and two students.

“The suspects’ medical report is out and their files have been forwarded to the Resident State Attorney for advice, pending prosecution,” Mr Onek said.

Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Act, a law further criminalising same-sex sexual activity, allowing repeat offenders to be sentenced to 14 years in prison, was given presidential approval by President Yoweri Museveni in February.

Human rights groups say it has been responsible for a surge of anti-gay arrests by police.