Ugandan MP has been told to apologise to victims of domestic violence after saying men should “beat” their wives to tackle them. Onesimus Twinamasiko said on Ugandan television channel NTV “as a man, you need to discipline your wife.
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
“You need to touch her a bit, you tackle her, beat her somehow to really streamline her.”
Diana Kagere of the Center for Domestic Violence Prevention (CEDOVIP) told the BBC that;
“Mr Twinamasiko should make a public apology to all women who have experienced violence,”
“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.