Serious Farts

The world is a chaotic place what with the civil unrest in Egypt, war in Afghanistan, floods in the Philippines, Baby Doc in Haiti…the list is endless.  But we do have comic relief–in the shape of an anti-trouser cough (fart) law gaffe in Malawi.

Malawi’s Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Dr. George Chaponda said in a radio interview with Straight Talk that he would table a bill in the parliament to make farting in public a punishable offence.  “We are entitled to introduce order in the country..I think the government has a right to ensure decency,” he justified.  “You can control your farting. Why not go to toilet instead of farting in public?” It is as disgusting as urinating in public, he said.  “Of course nature can be controlled, when somebody wants to go to the toilet is advised to go to toilet and if somebody maybe you are in public there you decide farting left and right it becomes a nuisance.”

Gosh! Left and right?

He later said he misinterpreted this clause in the legislation:

“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 misdemeanor.”

The solicitor-general Anthony Kamanga explained to him that the clause was alluding to “pollution” and not farting.

Dr. Chaponda will now let people “break wind” in peace in public.

Read more on this in the Nyasa Times.

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