Uganda police force has promised to probe Bugangaizi constituency MP, Onesmus Twinamatsiko for his outrageous utterances that encouraged beating of wives by husbands.
The development comes after President Yoweri Museveni castigated men who beat their wives during the womens day celebrations in busubuzi, Mityana district last week.
Police says Twinamatsiko’s utterances are encouraging violence against women. In a video clip run by NTV, the MP says women should be disciplined by their husbands.
“As a man, you need to discipline your wife, touch her a bit and you tackle her, beat her somehow, and really streamline her” Twinamatsiko said.
The video has left tongues wagging on social, local and international media, with several people calling for his arrest and sacking from parliament.
On Monday, speaker Rebecca Kadaga said the committee on rules and privilege committee of parliament was going to look into Twinamatsiko’s statement.
Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima says police will be on standby to act after parliament has made a decision. Kayima says what the MP is promoting is unacceptable as “it facilitates crime; assault (Penal Code Act), domestic violence (Domestic Violence Act 2010) and others. We have it on good authority that the RT. Hon. Speaker of Parliament will soon institute an inquiry into these assertions” Kayima said.
He wondered why the other leaders are silent about these things. “Must we not hold leaders to the highest ethical standards? We shall patiently wait for action of parliament” Kayima added.
According to research, Gender inequality is estimated to cause an average of $95 billion USD in annual economic loss in sub-Saharan Africa each year.