William Ruto
Deputy Kenyan President William Ruto addresses the media at a news conference at the Movenpick Hotel in the Hague October 15, 2013.Reuters

Adding to homophobia in the East African nation of Kenya, the country's deputy president has said homosexuality will not be allowed in the country.

Deputy President William Ruto's statement at a church service on Sunday comes a week after the High Court allowed for members of the lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT) community to form NGOs and even officially register their organisations. 

"We would not allow homosexuality in our nation, as it violates our religious and cultural beliefs," Ruto said at a church service in Kasarani, according to Kenya's Daily Nation

"There is no room for homosexuality in our society. Be assured of that. When we say this, we are not doing so for us to get votes, but to denounce what we all feel is not right," said Ruto, who is on trial at the International Criminal in The Hague for alleged crimes against humanity. 

On 24 April, the Kenyan High Court made a landmark ruling when it ordered the Attorney-General and the National Council of NGOs to register organisations of gays and lesbians. 

"Every person has the right to freedom of association, which includes the right to form, join or participate in the activities of an association of any kind," the court had said. 

Homosexuality is a criminal offence in Kenya and 34 other African nations.