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MP who advocated for beating women to be investigated

MP who advocated for beating women to be investigated

The Ugandan member of Parliament who caused outrage with his comments that men needed to beat their wives is set to be investigated over his controversial comments. 

Onesmus Twinamasiko, a former journalist turned politician, caused outrage over his comments to NTV Uganda. 

The legislator from Kibaale, a district in western Uganda, reportedly said in a video clip that women needed 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,’ he is reported to have told NTV. 

His attempt to clarify his comments on BBC Focus on Africa only landed him in deeper water. 

"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," he told BBC. 

He went on to add that he was "slapped once" by his wife and that it was "ok" with him, because "we sorted out our differences. I also slapped her once. She had wronged me," he added. 

Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, Speaker of Uganda's parliament, directed the Rules, Privileges and Discipline Committee to investigate Twinamasiko's conduct. 

Kadaga, who is currently attending the 62nd session on the Status of Women in New York, said that the committee will report back to the House regarding this "unprovoked attack on women and endorsement of domestic violence", online news site www.independent.co.ug reports.

"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," Twinamasiko reportedly responded to the site when asked if he beat his own wife.

Twinamasiko, 30, got into elective politics on an independent ticket after losing the primaries to become official flag bearer for the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM). 

His controversial comments were reportedly in response to President Yoweri Museveni's condemnation of domestic violence during celebrations marking International Women's Day in Mityana last week.

At the rally, the president condemned men who beat women as cowards, and called for them to face the full might of the law. 

The president used himself as an example, saying that he had been married to his wife, Janet Kataha Museveni, for 50 years and had never beaten or pushed her. 

The underfire MP is one of the 317 MPs who voted to scrap the presidential age limit, which now allows President Museveni to stand for a record sixth term. 

The now scrapped limit only allowed persons between the ages of older than 35 and younger than 75 to run for president. 

 

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