Thousands of Kenyan women vowed on Wednesday to begin a week-long sex strike to try to protest their country's bickering leadership, which they say threatens to revive the bloody chaos that convulsed the African country last year. Leaders from Kenya's largest and oldest group dedicated to women's rights, the Women's Development Organisation, said they hope the boycott will persuade men to pressure the government to make peace. It was not clear how either wife responded to the request. The disputed election between Kibaki and then-challenger Odinga led to violence that killed more than people and left more than , homeless. The two were installed after a month of mediation, but infighting has threatened to break apart the fragile coalition.
The feud within Kenya's coalition government has taken a dramatic turn after some women's groups threatened to go on a weeklong sex strike to force the president and the prime minister to resolve their differences. The groups say failure by President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga to resolve the impasse could reprise the post-election violence. The chairperson of Women's Development Organization Rukia Subow reportedly said the group will pay prostitutes to strike and has asked the wives of both the president and the prime minister to join in the strike. It is a shame that these women can make such a statement.
This sex strike was aimed at forcing the leaders to reconcile as they had different views on how Kenya should be run as well as issued conflicting policies that did not focus on urgent issues that mattered in Kenya such as dealing with corruption and poverty. The goal of the strike was to revive Kenya and fix the bickering leadership. The women had a set of demands they wanted to be fulfilled which involved principles such as respect and good faith from the leaders. The strike lasted seven days, after which it ended with a joint prayer session where the conflicting leaders finally agreed to talk.
A Kenyan MP has asked women to withhold sex from their husbands until they register as voters for the 8 August elections. Mishi Mboko, the women's representative for the coastal city of Mombasa, says it was the best strategy to shore up opposition votes. It is the best. Deny them sex until they show you their voter's card," she said. Ms Mboko said sex was a powerful weapon and would encourage reluctant men to rush to register as voters in the exercise that began on Monday.