Uganda – President Yoweri Museveni came under fire Monday after he 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 74-year-old president has stated this on Sunday, in a statement, as an example of how politicians and civil servants should stick to prescribed roles.
He 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.”
Oxfam’s International Executive Director, Winnie Byanyima, has reacted to the President’s statement and posted on Twitter that she was “disappointed”.
She Tweeted: “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.”