By Max Patrico Ocaido
Bugangaizi East Member of Parliament, Onesmus Twinamasiko has been 'forced' to prepare a personal statement on the floor of parliament for his utterances on women beating.
During Tuesday parliamentary sitting, Dorothy Azairwe Nshaija, Kamwenge Woman MP raised the matter and sought parliament's mandate to force MP Twinamasiko to withdraw his utterances and even apologise to the public.
"As you are aware, national laws and international laws have eliminated all forms of domestic violence and on March 08, Museveni was advocating against domestic violence, he said that a man who beats his wife is a coward. A leader to a level of an MP to say that wife beating is okay to streamline her is inhumanly, we want the MP to withdraw this statement and also make an apology to the public," Nshaija said as female MPs cheered while a few male MPs retorted in disagreement.
On March 09, Twinamasiko, a journalist by profession appeared on a major television during an interview justifying need for men to 'panel beat' their wives by whipping them.
"As a man you need to discipline your wife. You need to touch her a bit, tackle and beat her somehow to streamline her," Twinamasiko is quoted saying.
Kilak South MP Gilbert Olanya attempted to silence the agitated female MPs saying that it was unfair to judge Twinamasiko without allowing him to give his side and explain further what he meant on media.
Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah however, interjected and closed the matter after he ruled that Twinamasiko had this morning approached his office and asked to be given time to make a personal statement on the floor of parliament tomorrow (Wednesday).
On Monday, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga, who is currently in New York attending the 62 UN session on the Status of Women, ordered the Parliamentary committee on Rules, Discipline and Privileges to "inquire into the video clip circulating and quoting MP Twinamasiko supporting wife beating. The MP has been a laughing stock on social media and other fora for supporting domestic violence.
As the House castigated his utterances, Twinamasiko sat quietly in the chambers and walked away soon after Oulanyah ruled on the matter.