The government of Malawi is about to enact a law making it illegal to “foul the air” in public, the Daily Mail reports. Or, in other words, don’t fart in Malawi – you could be committing a crime.
Locals fear that picking out the culprit will be difficult – and may lead to miscarriages of justice as ‘criminals’ attempt to blame others for their offense.
One Malawian told the website Africanews.com: ‘My goodness. What happens in a public place where a group is gathered. Do they lock up half a minibus?
‘And how about at meetings where it is difficult to pinpoint ‘culprits’?
‘Children will openly deny having passed bad air and point at an elder. Culturally, this is very embarrassing,’ she said.
Another said: ‘We have serious issues affecting Malawians today. I do not know how fouling the air should take priority over regulating Chinese investments which do not employ locals, serious graft amongst legislators, especially those in the ruling party, and many more.’
The crime will be enforceable in a new ‘Local Court’ system which will also have powers to punish a range of other crimes in the bill set to be debated in the country’s parliament.
There you have it, perhaps during a session of parliament they will enact the “he who smelt it, dealt it” clause to this new law.