LILONGWE (Papious Liwonde, Malawi NewsNow)- High Court in the capital Lilongwe is expected to rule on whether to grant an adoption order or not to US pop star Madonna who has applied to adopt two more children in Malawi, judiciary spokesman has said.
Mr Mlenga Mvula, the spokesman of Malawi Judiciary disclosed that the 58-year-old singer had appeared at Lilongwe High Court before Judge Fiona Malawi court and had “filed an application expressing interest” to adopt applying to adopt two children.
The application was filed by Madonna’s lawyer Mr Titus Mvalo and that the children are both girls and twins.
“The court is looking at the application now to determine whether Madonna can adopt these two children,” Mr Mvula said,
He said Justice Mwale has reserved her ruling for the application and her determination will be made in the next two weeks.
“The court will either grant the adoption order or might not,” Judiciary spokesman said.
But when the story appeared on Malawi news outlet Nyasa Times and then UK Daily Mail cited the Nyasa Times report before the news went viral, Madonna denied she has applied to adopt two more children, saying her visit in Malawi was strictly for charity purposes.
“The rumours of an adoption process are untrue,” she said in a statement.
“I am in Malawi to check on the children’s hospital in Blantyre and my other work with Raising Malawi and then heading home.”
However, Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare spokesperson Ms Lucy Bandazi confirmed that indeed the singer had appeared before the judge to ask for adoption of the twins.
“Madonna has expressed interest to adopt two children, both girls. They are twins, aged four years,” Bandazi said.
Bandazi said the ministry is conducting “thorough inquiries” on the children “regarding their circumstances.”
The ministry spokesperson said the twin girls were “adorable.”
Madonna has adopted two children from Malawi: David Banda in 2006 and Mercy James in 2009. She founded the charity Raising Malawi and is building the first paediatric hospital in the country, which is among the worlds poorest.
The singer also has two biological children, Lourdes Leon and Rocco Ritchie.