Twinamasiko Onesimus, who represents Bugangaizi East constituency was speaking to Ugandan television channel NTV when he made the shock statement.
“As a man, you need to discipline your wife,” he told the channel. “You need to touch her a bit, you tackle her, beat her some how to really steamline her.”
It appears Mr Onesimus, who is married, was responding to comments made by Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, who said men who beat their wives or girlfriends were “cowards”.
“Men who beat women are foolish and cowardly,” he told crowds gathered to mark International Women’s Day, according to Ugandan Christian News.
The Daily Monitor newspaper reports more than one in five women aged 15-49 had experienced domestic or sexual violence in Uganda.