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President Under Fire For Saying Men Shouldn’t Cook

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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni came under fire Monday for saying 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 proscribed roles .

Oxfam’s International Executive Director , Winnie Byanyima , hit back at the 74- year- old president on Twitter, 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 . ”

Beatrice Alaso from the opposition Forum For Democratic Change told AFP : “Museveni has revealed to the world what he has always believed in: that women can never be the same as their male counterparts .”



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. ”

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