Malawian lawmakers will next week debate a law change to criminalise public farting, which a cabinet minister said had been encouraged by democracy.
“The government has a right to ensure public decency. We are entitled to introduce order in the country,” justice and constitutional affairs minister George Chaponda told independent radio station Capital Radio.
“Would you like to see people farting in public anywhere?”
Since the country embraced multi-party politics 16 years ago people had felt free to fart anywhere, said Chaponda.
“It was not there during the time of dictatorship because people were afraid of the consequences"
Nobody in Malawi has been arrested nor convicted for farting under the old law, as police did not enforce it.
The old law states: “Any person who voluntarily vitiates the atmosphere in any place so as to make it noxious 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.”