WATCH: Outrage as MP says men should 'beat' their wives as 'a form of discipline'
Kampala – 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.
Watch the video posted to Twitter below as Twinamasiko speaks
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 aplogise to victims of domestic violence.
See Twitter reaction below
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.
"As a man, you need to discipline your wife...touch her a bit, tackle her and beat her to streamline her"- Onesmus Twinamasiko, MP, Bugangaizi East following comments by Museveni that men who beat women are cowards and should face the full wrath of the law pic.twitter.com/yhoEVRk212— Patu™ (@AyamPatra) March 11, 2018
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
This Ugandan MP Onesimus Twinamasiko says women should be slapped a bit as discipline is good for the family. Even a wife can slap a husband he added after the storm. A generational issue this kind of thing? Nope - he’s 30.— will ross (@willintune) March 12, 2018
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, we wonder whether the Institution has in place a Crisis Management strategy. ????@athieno_m @janajwang— Songa Communications (@songacomms) March 13, 2018
Ugandan MP Onesimus Twinamasiko says on television, for the whole country, that men should discipline women and for that, husbands should beat their wives.— Saviano Abreu (@savianoabreu) March 13, 2018
In my opinion, he is the one who needs discipline. #OnesmusTwinamasikoMustResign https://t.co/48dUljP6Lt
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 https://t.co/eugjbVRcqi— Ophelia Kemigisha (@k_ophelia) March 12, 2018