Malawian official to assess Madonna over adoption

A Malawian court-appointed official said on Monday he will visit Madonna and her husband in early September to access whether they would be suitable parents for the child they are seeking to adopt.

Malawian official to assess Madonna over adoption
A Malawian court-appointed official said on Monday he will visit Madonna and her husband in early September to access whether they would be suitable parents for the child they are seeking to adopt.

"There has been a change of mind by my government minister and she has allowed me to leave for the UK on September 4 and I am expected to spend two weeks," Penstone Kilembe, who had been refused permission to travel to Britain, told Reuters.

Madonna and her husband Guy Ritchie's attempts to adopt David Banda hit a snag earlier this month when the Malawian minister of women and child development refused to grant Kilembe permission to travel to Britain to access their suitability.

Minister Kate Kainja told a Malawian weekly "we feel Mr. Kilembe personalized the whole issue" and other people could go.

A Malawi newspaper reported earlier this month Kilembe was prevented from traveling to Britain because he had accepted a plane ticket and money from Madonna without government approval.

Kilembe dismissed the suggestions he asked the pop star for a ticket.

The High Court of Malawi appointed Kilembe to travel to Britain twice and was to have relied on his testimony in ruling whether Madonna should adopt the child in a hearing next year.

Madonna took David Banda from Malawi last October when he was 13 months old after his father Yohane Banda had placed him in an orphanage following the death of his wife.

Reuters
Last Mod: 27 Ağustos 2007, 23:44
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