Ugandan MP Onesimus Twinamasiko said in a television interview that men should use physical assault to ‘discipline’ their wives.
He reportedly made the comments in response to the country’s president, Yoweri Museveni, who had branded men who beat their partners ‘cowards’.
His comment caused outrage on social media, with people calling for his removal as an MP on Twitter.
Twinamasiko later responded to the fury by clarifying that he had not meant that husbands should use such force that they could kill their wives.
Speaking to BBC, he said:
I don’t mean beatings which cause injuries or death – but a slap – I would feel fine! Because it’s calling me to order. We would sit down and sort it out.
I was slapped once by my wife and it was OK with me, because we sorted out our differences. I also slapped her once. She had wronged me.