A female MP in Kenya has called on women in opposition strongholds to deny men sex if they fail to register to vote in what are expected to be fiercely contested general elections in August, the private Standard newspaper reports.

Speaking in the coastal region of Mombasa where she handed out cheques to women and youth self-help groups, Mish Mboko said sex was a powerful weapon that women should use to get their husbands to register.

“Women, this is the strategy you should adopt. It is the best. Deny them sex until they show you their voter’s card.”

She added that voter registration, which started yesterday, needed to be taken seriously if the opposition hoped to defeat President Uhuru Kenyatta and the governing Jubilee coalition in the 8 August elections.