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Outrage as MP says men should ‘beat’ their wives as ‘a form of discipline’

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A Ugandan member of parliament (MP) has reportedly found himself at the centre of controversy after he suggested that men should “beat” their wives as a form of punishment within a marriage.

The MP, Onesimus Twinamasiko, appeared on NTV Uganda saying: “As a man, you need to discipline your wife. You need to touch her a bit, tackle her and beat her to streamline her”.

Twinamasiko said this following comments by President Yoweri Museveni that men who beat women were cowards and should face the full wrath of the law.

More than one in five women aged 15-49 experience domestic or sexual violence in Uganda, according to a government report published in 2017, said a New Zimbabwe.com report.

Social media users reacted angrily to Twinamasiko’s remarks, with some saying that he must apologise to victims of domestic violence.

But, according to a BBC report, Twinamasiko defended his comments, saying that “his wife had even doled out a slap in his direction on one occasion”.

“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,” Twinamasiko was quoted as saying.

The Legislative arm of Government @Parliament_UG once again faces yet another PR storm over statements made by Hon. Onesimus Twinamasiko. With cries that he should resign.

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