The President of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni has come under fire after making a statement that ‘it isn’t the role of a man to cook and he’s never stepped into his kitchen since he got married’.
The president made the statement on Sunday and said:
‘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’.
Thanks to social media, this did not go down well with women in Uganda who criticised him for making such ridiculous comments. Winnie Byanyima, Oxfam’s International Executive Director, said:
Cooking isn’t a woman’s job. It’s a life skill. All people — men and women — should cook.
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.
Beatrice Alaso, a member of Forum For Democratic Change, an opposition party in the country, said:
Museveni has revealed to the world what he has always believed in: that women can never be the same as their male counterparts.