Kenya’s women sex boycott for reforms, unpopular among men.
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Kenya’s women sex boycott for reforms, unpopular among men.

Nairobi : Kenya | Apr 30, 2009 at 8:12 AM PDT
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A section of women in Kenya are calling for a seven-day sex boycott to
push for the implementation of country’s reform agendas and lament
about bad governance.

The women’s activists calling themselves G10 under the umbrella of
Kenyan women's organisations appealed to their fellow countrywomen not
to get into their men sexual demands until the top leadership of the
country come to consensus on resolving the stalemate in the coalition.

“This sex boycott is to take place with effect from today (Wednesday)
and will continue for the next seven days,” the Women activists said
in a statement on late Wednesday.

The women blamed their male counterparts of totally ignoring national
issues that concern ordinary people, adding that they will rise to the
occasion to save the country.

“This is a national boycott to show that the women of this country
have resolved to push for reforms……. so if men are satisfied by
ignoring the failed leadership, we as the women are saying we are not
satisfied and we will not sit back,” Rukia Subow the Chairperson of
Kenya’s Maendeleo ya Wanawake Organisation said.

The women activists have further added that they have full support
from the wives of the country’s President Mwai Kibaki and Prime
Minister Raila Odinga, the main protagonists in the matter.

However Kenyan men have bitterly invalidated the call, terming it as
mere activism which, if given a chance, could destroy many houses.

A Cross-section of men who were interviewed by local media expressed
their dissatisfaction about the idea and have called on women
activists to respect the fundamental conjugal rights in the society.

Voicing in their concern and frustration on the issue, Kenyan men
under the umbrella of Maendeleo Ya Wanaume termed the women’s action
as molestation of the highest class against men.

“They are trying to use sex as a tool to molest men in the society,”
the group’s Chairman and founder Nderitu Njoka was quoted as saying.

Many people however believe that the implementation of the boycott
would be very difficult, considering that there will be no supervision
in the homes.

The women cry is based on the on-going stalemate in the grand
coalition government.

Raila’s Orange Democtaric Movement and Kibaki’s Party of National
Unity, the two parties that shared power after the 2007 disputed
elections have engaged in power struggle that almost paralysed the
government operation.

The government has also failed to implement several reform agendas
that were proposed by the two parties while negotiation power under
the chairmanship of Panel of African Eminent Persons headed by former
UN boss Kofi Annan.

alynur is based in Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya, and is a Stringer on Allvoices.
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