The prime minister of Kenya says that gay men and lesbians should be arrested.

Raila Odinga made the remarks at a rally on Sunday in the Nairobi slum of Kibera.

“Any man found engaging in sexual activities with another man should be arrested,” he said, according to AFP.

“Even women found engaging in sexual activities will be arrested.”

Mr Odinga said that because a census showed an equal split of men and woman, there was “no need” for homosexuality.

“This kind of behaviour will not be tolerated in this country. Men or women found engaging in those acts deserve to be arrested and will be arrested,” he said to a cheering crowd.

Mr Odinga also hit out at suggestions that Kenya’s new constitution would technically legalise same-sex marriage. Critics had argued that the wording of some laws would make gay marriage and abortion legal.

However, the prime minister said: “Those were lies from leaders who wanted to confuse Kenyans to reject the new law, the Constitution is very clear on that matter. It does not state anywhere that same sex marriage is legal in Kenya.”

Homosexuality is illegal in the country and can be punished by up to 14 years in prison.