The President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni has come under fire for stating that men should not cook.
Museveni said that he had not stepped into the kitchen since he got married and that it was not a man’s role to cook.
“The head of the home never goes into the kitchen. It is now 45 years with Mama Janet, I have never stepped into the kitchen. That is how it should be,” he said on Sunday in a statement, as an example of how politicians and civil servants should stick to prescribed roles.
His statement posted on Twitter got many offended with the Oxfam International Executive Director, Winnie Byanyima, hitting back at the 74-year-old president saying she was “disappointed”.
“Cooking isn’t a woman’s job. It’s a life skill. All people – men and women should cook,” she wrote.
“When cooking, cleaning and doing other domestic chores are left to women, they are denied an equal chance to raise incomes or to be politically active.”
Online news website Watchdog Uganda however defended Museveni’s comments as consistent with the country’s culture which sees men cooking as “taboo”, saying some ethnic groups in the country have a word referring to men who cook as a “transvestite or a man dressing and behaving like a woman.”