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UGANDA: MP Sets Social Media Alight With ‘’men should beat their wives’’ Comment

By Published March 13, 2018

A Ugandan member of parliament has been forced to backtrack after he said men should "beat" their wives following social media backlash.

Onesimus Twinamasiko, an independent MP representing Uganda’s Bugangaizi East, told local television channel NTV that, “as a man, you need to discipline your wife.” He added: “You need to touch her a bit, you tackle her, beat her somehow to really streamline her.

Twinamasiko was responding to claims that President Museveni’s men who beat their women were cowards and should face the full force of the law.

Following a social media outcry mainly from female calling for his resignation, the MP has since walked back his comments saying his words were taken out of context. However, that has not helped, as he seem to have dug himself in a bigger hole. "I don't mean beatings which cause injuries or death, but a slap, I would feel fine!" Twinamasiko said. "Because it's calling me to order. We would sit down and sort it out.

"I was slapped once by my wife and it was OK with me, because we sorted out our differences. I also slapped her once. She had wronged me."

@triciatwasiima: Womyn continue to be disposable in this country. Time and time again, your silence, words and actions have proven that you care nothing for the safety and humanity of womyn. Onsemus Twinamasiko saying what he said represents majority of the society. #OnesmusTwinamasikoMustResign

Ophelia Kemigisha @k_ophelia: I’m so upset about this video because I know that so many people agree with this notion that women have to be “controlled” by their husbands. And he even quoted the Bible #OnsemusTwinamasikoMustResign

Diana Kagere of the Centre for Domestic Violence Prevention (CEDOVIP) said Twinamasiko should make a public apology to all women who have experienced violence. "He should do the honourable thing and withdraw that statement. It's really a shock that a member of parliament would justify violence in any way. This is about crime."

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