By Max Patrick Ocaido
Bugangaizi East Member of Parliament, Onesmus Twinamasiko has coiled his tail between his legs and apologized to Ugandans for recently endorsing wife beating.
On March 09, a day after the International Women’s Day celebrations, Twinamasiko 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 on Wednesday forced to make a personal statement on the floor of Parliament to contextualize his utterances.
In his statement, the MP started by apologizing 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.”
Whereas his last statement was accepted with smiles from male MPs including the Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah, some female MPs did not seem pleased by the ‘other’ beating that Twinamasiko meant.
“Right Honourable Speaker, we would like the honourable member [Twinamasiko] to clarify which other beating he is talking about,” Judith Franca Akello, Agago Woman MP demanded.
In retaliation, Speaker of the session Oulanyah asked the MP to clarify the beating that he endorsed rather than the actual physical infliction of pain to a person. He urged MPs to carry the dignity of Parliament wherever they go and desist from making reckless statements which will affect the reputation of the House.
However, Twinamasiko did not clarify on the ‘other beating’ he meant in his statement and he wasn’t compelled to clarify as a personal statements do not attract debate according to parliamentary rules of procedure.