Wife of Kenyan PM joins sex strike

May 1, 2009 at 12:00 PM
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NAIROBI, Kenya, May 1 (UPI) -- The wife of Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga says she has joined a week-long sex strike aimed at protesting the country's leadership.

Ida Odinga said Thursday the protest coordinated by women's organizations could already be deemed a success thanks to the increased media attention it has drawn to Kenya and its political dealings, The Daily Nation said.

"If some women have decided, we have all decided," Odinga said when asked if she was taking part in the protest.

"Women wanted to drive the issue home ... they did it with a light touch," she added.

The protest has caused some strife among at least one women's organization.

Maendeleo ya Wanawake Vice Chairwoman Rahab Muiu criticized Chairwoman Rukia Subow for attending the recent press conference at which the sex strike was first announced.

"As the largest women's organization in the country, we strongly believe in family values and cannot be associated with such foul utterances which can only break families," Muiu said, adding Subow attended the event in her personal capacity.

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