Fri May 8, 12:01 PM

NAIROBI (AFP) - A Kenyan man is seeking damages for anguish sustained during a week-long sex ban called by women's groups in a bid to force political leaders to put their rivalry aside to work for the common good.

James Kimondo is suing the leaders of G10, a coalition of women's groups that called for a national boycott to push the men into resolving the east African country's political woes.

"Since the women called for the sex boycott, my wife has denied me my conjugal rights. This has caused me anxiety and sleepless night," Kimondo said.

"I have been suffering mental anguish, stress, backaches, lack of concentration," he told reporters outside the Nairobi High Court, where he lodged his petition for damages.

The group even urged prostitutes to join the strike.

The strike ended on Wednesday with the organisers claiming it had been a success.

They argued that the country's egocentric male leaders should not have time for matters of the flesh when the country is ensnared in economic and political trouble.

President Mwai Kibaki and his rival Raila Odinga were pressured into a power-sharing deal by international mediators following violence which accompanied December 2007 polls, but lingering tensions have crippled the coalition government and fuelled widespread discontent.

The two, who have hardly met recently, held brief talks on Monday and held a cabinet meeting on Thursday, the first in a month.

Odinga accused Kibaki of stealing the presidential election, prompting protests that spiralled into a cycle of tribal violence and killed around 1,500 people.