The Onion: Tanzania Loses Name To Tanning-Salon Chain


The Onion: Tanzania Loses Name To Tanning-Salon Chain

Ask the Attorneys

The Daily News┬áhas a weekly feature called “Q&A with FB Attorneys.” In it, readers ask questions and attorneys from a prominent law firm in Dar es Salaam answer them. Typically the questions are about labor disputes, loans, divorce etc.

And then there was this little gem from Monday’s paper:

Do Tanzanian laws have any specific provisions on the legality of farting in public? I am studying law and one of my calssmates thinks that there is a specific provision in our laws. -TP, Dar

This is a very interesing question that we had never thought about before. There is no specific farting provision in our laws. One of the neighbouring countries had a huge controversy becuause the legislature passed an act of parliament which stated that any person who vitiats 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. The question then was whether farting is noxious to the public!

Our response is two fold. If the fart is just a one off one, then we do not see any illegality in that. However if someone intentionally farts, continuously so and in close proximity, you could be likely charged for causing a nuisance or assault. We have not come across any case law but recommend anyone who intends to fart do do so in private! It is just better manners.

I think they are referring to Malawi’s anti farting ban which is causing a … how to put this … big stink.

Personally, I think the Tanzany parliament should first tackle a mandatory deodorant law. What one of our friends calls the “Tanzanian Tang” is a more pervasive problem than farting.