Outrage as Ugandan MP says ‘beat your wife’

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Outrage as Ugandan MP says ‘beat your wife’
Onesmus Twinamasiko later told the BBC slaps are “fine” but “beatings which cause injuries or death” are not.
Onesmus Twinamasiko later told the BBC slaps are “fine” but “beatings which cause injuries or death” are not.

(BBC) – A Ugandan MP has been told to apologise to victims of domestic violence after saying men should “beat” their wives.

Onesimus Twinamasiko said on Ugandan television channel NTV “as a man, you need to discipline your wife.

“You need to touch her a bit, you tackle her, beat her somehow to really streamline her.”

His words have met with strong criticism from social media users, with one leading women’s rights group in Uganda saying he should seek therapy.

“Mr Twinamasiko should make a public apology to all women who have experienced violence,” Diana Kagere of the Center for Domestic Violence Prevention (CEDOVIP) told the BBC.

“He should do the honourable thing and withdraw that statement. It’s really a shock that a member of parliament would justify violence in any way. This is about crime.”

More than one in five women aged 15-49 have experienced domestic or sexual violence in Uganda, according to a government report published last year.

In an interview with BBC Focus on Africa, Mr Twinamasiko attempted to clarify his comments with reference to his own marriage, saying:

“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.”

But Ms Kagere said that Mr Twinamasiko’s attitude was damaging.

“We believe there is no violent solution whatsoever. You never know how far a slap can go.”

She says there are other ways to resolve conflict, including “time out, speaking out and finding amicable solutions.

“As a couple they can go for couple’s counselling,” Ms Kagere says regarding the violence the MP describes in his own marriage.

“Many men… their own inner pride stops them from seeking our services, but we want to encourage them that it’s OK to reach out for support in this matter.”

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  1. he dont need to apologize to nobody. just put him out for the women to do the same thing he say that men should do to women. you cant tell me in this day and age you as a big man coming on tv and say that shit. sa famme la te pou fan chew ba ou

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  2. Twinamasiko, it is not a norm to ever use harsh language. But in your case, you have earned it from me.
    You are a poor excuse of a man to even suggest that to manage a woman that slapping is even an option. It is indeed a sad day in our society to have an appointed minister that a nation trusts to protect them to even allude to such act. Minister may I strongly suggest counseling for at LEAST an entire year. Hopefully, that just might help in recalibrating your level of respect towards women. Challe!

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  3. Africa has everything to teach us what not to do culturally. Sure. He should be wearing goat skin for clothes and sporting a wooden club as his outfit. Bastard!

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  4. Man you are drunk!!! You don't deserve a wife, I think you need to go for therapy and your wife needs to run, run, get away from you. It seems you have been abusing her silently. "Please Ugandan women go rescue this mans' wife from abuse and Pain."You don't represent BLACK men!!

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  5. Man you are drunk!!! You don't deserve a wife, I think you need to go for therapy and you wife needs to run, run, get away from you. It seems you have been abusing her silently. "Please Ugandan women go rescue this mans' wife from abuse and Pain."You don't represent BLACK men!!

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