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Last Updated: Friday February 04 2011 16:21 GMT

Row over plan to ban farting in public in Malawi

A man holding his nose

A row's broken out in the African country of Malawi about whether people should be allowed to fart in public.

One senior official who's backing plans to make 'fouling the air through breaking wind in public' an offence, says it would promote public decency.

Justice minister George Chaponda told a local radio station: "When you feel like farting, just go to the toilet."

But Solicitor General Anthony Kamanga says the new law refers to pollution and not bottom burps.