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MP Twinamasiko with his newly wed wife. Courtesy photos

MP Who Backed Wife Beating Weds His Wife

posted onFebruary 2, 2019

By Max Patrick Ocaido

PARLIAMENT. Bugangaizi East Member of Parliament, Onesmus Twinamasiko is finally off the shelf after marrying his wife.

Twinamasiko on Saturday wedded his wife Florence Kyarikunda at Damasiko Parish Church of Uganda in Kyekado village in Kakumiro district.

The ceremony was graced by Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga and several other MPs such as junior finance minister David Bahati who was the best man, Robinah Nabbanja, Ruth Nankabirwa, Mwine Mpaka, Thomas Tayebwa and others.

Twinamasiko is a journalist by profession who worked with Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) before joining elective politics in 2016.

The MP faced the wrath of the public last year on March 09, a day after the International Women’s Day celebrations, when he took to the media and backed men to beat their wives saying, “As a man, you need to discipline your wife. You need to touch her a bit, tackle and beat her somehow to streamline her.”

However, pressure was mounted on the MP and was forced to make a personal statement on the floor of Parliament in defence. This was after Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga ordered Parliamentary committee on Rules, Discipline and Privileges to investigate the MP.

In his statement, the MP apologized to Ugandans for his utterances adding that the beating he meant is not the beating that the public perceived.

“For the avoidance of doubt, may I at the onset affirm my highest respect for the dignity of women, and my unwavering faith in the inviolability of women. I actually detest all forms of violence against women,” Twinamasiko said.

He added, “The beating I meant was not the normal beating, I meant the other beating.”

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