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Malawi To Make Farting In Public Illegal


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It’s comforting to know that at least one country in the world has their priorities set straight.

The African nation of Malawi — the country you never knew existed until Madonna adopted a child from there to be used as a fashion accessory — is set to pass a bill that includes new laws intended to “mold responsible and disciplined citizens.”

Justice Minister George Chaponda says the new bill would criminalise flatulence to promote "public decency".

"Just go to the toilet when you feel like farting," he told local radio.

However, he was directly contradicted by Solicitor General Anthony Kamanga, who says the reference to "fouling the air" means pollution.

"How any reasonable or sensible person can construe the provision to criminalising farting in public is beyond me," he said, adding that the prohibition contained in the new law has been in place since 1929.

The Local Courts Bill, to be introduced next week reads: "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, a trained lawyer, insists that this includes farting.

"Would you be happy to see people farting anyhow?" he asked on the popular "Straight Talk" programme on Malawi's Capital Radio.

He said that local chiefs would deal with any offenders.

When asked whether it could be enforced, he said it would be similar to laws banning urinating in public

Source: BBC

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I honestly don't understand how politicians can sink resources in debates and projects like this one, when obviously, the country they should be running has countless serious issues that need to be dealt with. For instance, Romania is loosing it's medical staff, law enforcement employees are drastically under-payed and and their network is weekly funded, there aren't enough jobs but our chosen leaders made it a crucial goal of theirs to decide the official term of referring to members of the gypsy community: should be the 'rrom' or the quite offensive 'tigan'.

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This country has quite a violent history as far as the government is concerned... raping, killing.. torture.. on the dehumanizing level... don't forget your Gas-X... You conform or die there... Seems quite ridiculous.. You know if they want to do something about pollution start a movement to clean up manufacturing or do something good with it.. this .. just like someone was messing around .. Like I said though a history.. Years ago it was said they came up with a law that you had to carry a card which stated your political affiliation.. whatever it may be.. If you refused to be a part of any said involvement the action I spoke of above including murdering your children, raping them or your wife... Torture.. for instance.. driving bicycle spokes through the lower half of the legs.. calves and or ankle areas.. and forcing the targeted to run this way in front of your family at gunpoint...

I know a few people who would be dead on spot... really..

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