In to­day’s Ple­nary sit­ting, MP Dorothy Nshaija (NRM-Kamwenge) rises the is­sue of a mat­ter of ur­gent na­tional im­por­tance to the Deputy Speaker Oulanyah chair­ing the ses­sion af­ter a one-month re­cess of Par­lia­ment re­gard­ing the re­marks by MP Twina­mat­siko.

As a pub­lic fig­ure and leader, MP Twina­mat­siko’s state­ments that women should be beaten are mis­lead­ing to the pub­lic, es­pe­cially to peo­ple with sim­i­lar be­liefs against women,” said MP Nshaija

MP Atim Joy, Woman MP Lira,  added that men in Uganda need to start see­ing women as hu­man be­ings and not prop­erty they own. She de­manded a pub­lic apol­ogy from MP Twina­mat­siko to all women in Uganda through the same tele­vi­sion sta­tion he used to make his state­ment that women need to be beaten.

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Deputy Speaker, Ja­cob Oulanyah, asked the MPs’ to wait un­til Wednes­day say­ing that Mr Twina­mat­siko had in­di­cated, he was not ready and had asked to make a per­sonal state­ment be­fore Par­lia­ment in re­gard to his ut­ter­ances in the me­dia on to­mor­row.

In a re­lated de­vel­op­ment, the Speaker, Re­becca Kadaga has in­structed the Com­mit­tee on Rules, Priv­i­leges and dis­ci­pline to take up the mat­ter and re­port to her as soon as pos­si­ble.

Back­ground

On 8th of March, in­ter­na­tional wom­en’s day, Bugan­gaizi MP Ones­mus Twina­mat­siko in an in­ter­view re­sponded to Pres­i­dent Mu­sev­eni’s re­marks where he urged men not to beat up their wives and called men who beat up their wives “weak men”.

In a tele­vised com­ment on re­marks by Pres­i­dent Mu­sev­eni, Mr Twina­mat­siko said that women need to be beaten, touched a lit­tle to be stream­lined. MP Twina­mat­siko said that the Pres­i­dent lied in de­fence of wom­en’s rights.

“If you leave her un­pun­ished, she may be­come an undis­ci­plined wife, and this (not beat­ing) has ac­tu­ally made them stub­born,” he added.Mr Twina­matsko also hinted on the Bible, say­ing that it makes a hus­band su­pe­rior to his wife and that a woman must re­main sub­or­di­nate.