Malawi farting law won’t come back- DPP

The governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has assured that it will not bring back to Parliament a law that includes a provision banning breaking wind in public places.

In its past regime, DPP tabled a controversial bill that proposed to criminalise farting in a bid to promote ‘public decency’.

“Just go to the toilet when you feel like farting,” Dr George Chaponda said when he promoted the bill, the time he served as Justice Minister.

Chaponda: No bad laws again
Chaponda: No bad laws again

Chaponda, who is a trained lawyer, has been drafted back in the cabinet of President Peter Mutharika, this time as Foreign Affairs and International Relations Minister.

However, he has assured that controversial bills such as criminalising ‘fouling the air’ will not be promoted, pledging laws that will be introduced will be in the best interest of Malawians.

Chaponda said DPP is now transformed after learning and “regrets” its past mistakes of bad governance.

“If there are laws that need to be changed, this time around the party shall consult widely and allow a lengthy public debate before they are passed,” Chaponda said as quoted in the press.

He assured the nation that the party will stick to what President Peter Mutharika outlined in his maiden ‘State of the Nation Address on Tuesday, pledging adherence to the rule of law and respect the supremacy of the Constitution.

Mutharika also said on his inaugural speech that DPP is reforms.

“DPP has changed. This is a new DPP. This is a new government. Everything we will do will be in the best interest of Malawians,” Mutharika said.

Mutharika was sworn in as the president of Malawi on June 1.

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