Onesimus Twinamasiko said on Ugandan television channel NTV that “as a man, you need to discipline your wife.”
Twinamasiko was reacting to comments by President Yoweri Museveni that men that beat women are cowards and should face the full wrath of the law.
“You need to touch her a bit, you tackle her, beat her somehow to really streamline her.”
His words have met with strong criticism from social media users, with one leading women’s rights group in Uganda saying he should seek therapy.
“Mr Twinamasiko should make a public apology to all women who have experienced violence,” Diana Kagere of the Center for Domestic Violence Prevention (CEDOVIP) told the BBC.
“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.”
But, according to a BBC report, Twinamasiko defended his comments, saying that “his wife had even doled out a slap in his direction on one occasion”.
“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,” Twinamasiko was quoted as saying.
More than one in five women aged 15-49 have experienced domestic or sexual violence in Uganda, according to a government report published last year.