Malawi today faces a unique row, as two public officials debate over a move to ban farting in public.
Justice Minister George Chaponda has supported the bill, saying it would promote “public decency.”
He told a local radio station that people should, “Just go to the toilet when you feel like farting,”
Not everyone agrees however, and Socilitor General Anthony Kamanga criticised the moves. He said, “How any reasonable or sensible person can construe the provision to criminalising farting in public is beyond me,”
The new law is due to be introduced next week and states, “Any person who vitiates the atmosphere in any place so as to make it noxious to the public to the health of persons in general dwelling or carrying on business in the neighbourhood or passing along a public way shall be guilty of a misdemeanour.”
Mr Chaponda is a trained lawyer and claims that this constitutes farting.
“Would you be happy to see people farting anyhow?” he asked the public on the nations “Straight Talk” programme on Malawi’s Capital Radio.
So it looks like we could have one of the more amusing guide book entries, due to be added to week.
Do you think the UK should ban farting in public, and how would you prove who the offender was? Whoever smelt it dealt it? Whoever made the rhyme did the crime?