Speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga on Monday directed the Rules, Privileges and Discipline Committee to investigate Hon. Onesimus Twinamasiko, the Bugangaizi East County MP over his comments on wife beating.
Chris Obore, the director of communications and public affairs at parliament, says the speaker has the committee chaired by by Kalaki County MP Clement Ongalo-Obote will inquire into the video clip attributed to the MP
Kadaga is currently in New York on the ministerial round table on the priority theme on Good practices in preventing gender based violence against rural women and Girls and providing accces to justice and health care
A video clip shared by NTV Uganda, showed Hon. Twinamasiko, saying women need to be beaten by their husbands in order to “streamline them.”
“As a man, you need to discipline your wife…touch her a bit, tackle her and beat her to streamline her,’‘ Twinamasiko told NTV.
“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.” He Later told BBC Focus on Africa
It appears that Twinamasiko 30, was responding to comments made recently by President Museveni, during the International Women’s Day celebrations in Mityana district who said men who beat their wives or girlfriends were “cowards” “Men who beat women are foolish and cowardly,” he told crowds gathered to mark International Women’s Day
The president told the nation that men who beat women are cowards and should face the full wrath of the law.
Museveni said as an example, he has been in marriage with his wife Janet Museveni for fifty years but he has never beaten or pushed her.
However, Twinamasiko said the social and family breakdown today is all because men have stopped “disciplining” their wives.
When we asked him if he beats his own wife, the MP responded, “My dear…when necessary. You see this is being open. It is actually worse if you are angered over your wife, and then you keep it as a secret. When that anger reaches some level, that’s when you see people planning to kill their wives.”