Onesimus Twinamasiko, a Ugandan MP, has come under fire for statements he made regarding domestic violence during a televised interview.
When asked about President Museveni’s recent comments, calling men who beat their wives “foolish and cowardly,” Twinamasiko made it painfully clear that he was not in agreement with the president’s thoughts on the issue.
“As a man, you need to discipline your wife,” he said. “You need to touch her a bit, you tackle her, beat her somehow to really streamline her.”
His comments have rightfully angered many Ugandans, who are using it as an opportunity to call out widespread misogyny and sexual violence.
“Mr Twinamasiko should make a public apology to all women who have experienced violence,” says Diana Kagere of the Center for Domestic Violence Prevention.
“He should do the honourable thing and withdraw that statement. It’s really a shock that a member of parliament would justify violence in any way. This is about crime,” she continued.
But to many, especially Ugandan in the online community, a simple apology is not enough. Several are calling for his resignation online using the hashtag #OnesmusTwinamasikoMustResign, and are calling out the culture of violence against women in their country and beyond.
Treating women like real human beings is not something that anyone should still have to advocate for in 2018.