Ugandan MP Onesimus Twinamasiko on Ugandan television channel NTV said “as a man, you need to discipline your wife.”
Twinamasiko said this concerning the comments by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni who said men who beat women are cowards.
“You need to touch her a bit, you tackle her, beat her somehow to really streamline her,” Twinamasiko continued.
MP Bugangaizi East, Hon Onesmus Twinamasiko made some outrageous marks concerning women pic.twitter.com/SckTziJudg
— Weinformers Media (@weinformers) March 12, 2018
Trust African women, criticism on social media quickly followed his comments, with people calling for his removal as an MP.
Twinamasiko Onesimus, I can't believe I am asking this, but how are you an MP? What were these good people of Bugangaizi East constituency thinking when they voted you? Did you beat up their women during campaigns so the men would thank you with votes? You are a disgrace.
— Sarah Biryomumaisho (@BiryomumaishoB) March 12, 2018
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
— Tяıċıa (@triciatwasiima) March 12, 2018
Twinamasiko, trying to clarify his comments to BBC, said he didn’t mean beatings that could lead to injuries and deaths. He said:
I don’t mean beatings which cause injuries or death – but a slap – I would feel fine! 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.