Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni stated that he had not stepped into the kitchen since he got married and that it was not a man’s role to cook. His statement led to him being burned from every angle.
Speaking on Sunday, 4th November 2018, Yoweri Museveni, while giving an example of how politicians and civil servants should stick to prescribed roles, said cooking is a woman’s job and men shouldn’t 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.”
As soon as his statement went viral, he was placed in front of the social media tribunal by Ugandan citizens.
Oxfam’s International Executive Director, Winnie Byanyima, said she was “disappointed” at the 74-year-old president.
“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 from the opposition Forum For Democratic Change told AFP said:
“Museveni has revealed to the world what he has always believed in: that women can never be the same as their male counterparts.”
According to Watchdog Uganda, Yoweri Museveni’s comments is consistent with the country’s culture, which sees men cooking as “taboo.”
The publication stated that 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.”