Ugandan President Museveni does not think men need to cook

Ugandan President Museveni does not think men need to cook

Despite the growing movement for gender equality pushed by feminists, it appears there are still people who believe certain roles are the mutual exclusives of women and unsurprisingly, one of them is Uganda's president, Yoweri Museveni.

At the forefront of the feminism movement is the push to correct the long aged belief that certain roles are meant for women and others, for men.

Apparently, Uganda's president, Yoweri Museveni, does not share in this belief and seems to hold strongly to the traditional credo about the role of a woman.

He recently came under fire after he stated that he hasn't stepped into the kitchen since he got married as that responsibility is his wife's.

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Speaking in a statement about how politicians and civil servants should stick to proscribed 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."

As expected, the statement did not sit well with a lot of people, especially feminists who belief a woman's capability should not be restricted to the kitchen alone.

Oxfam’s International Executive Director, Winnie Byanyima, hit back at the 74-year-old president on Twitter with this words: "Cooking isn’t a woman’s job. It’s a life skill.

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.”

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A section of online publications however, defended Museveni’s comments as in line with the country’s culture which sees men cooking as “taboo”.

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