Update: New snag in Madonna and Guy Ritchie's adoption
Update: A Malawi court official chosen to assess Madonna’s adoption application said he will be visiting the singer and her husband, Guy Ritchie, next month at their home in the UK to determine if they are suitable parents for David Banda, 22 months, the young boy they hope to adopt.
Penstone Kilembe, who had been refused permission to travel to Britain, told Reuters,
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.
Madonna recently faced criticism over the adoption after she gave the adoption official a plane ticket and expense money without approval of the Malawian government. The adoption official denied asking for the ticket.
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Update posted August 6th: Madonna’s rep released a statement saying that the Reuters report where this article originated is, in fact, untrue.
Theinformation regarding the adoption that was reported on Reuters issimply not accurate. The adoption process is going along very well andaccording to proper procedure.
Originally posted 12 pm: It appears that singer, Madonna, 48, and her husband Guy Ritchie, 38 have unfortunately hit another snag in their adoption of Malawian born David Banda,22 months. Malawi’s Child Welfare Services, which is responsible forevaluating the couple’s suitability, has already missed its firstscheduled visit to the couple’s London home.
The Minister of Women and Child Development Kate Kainja explained that the visit was not made due to Penstone Kilembe,the official that was appointed to the case and has provided testimonyon prior occasions, becoming too emotionally involved in the case. TheMinister said,
We have already contacted Madonna that someoneelse and not Kilembe will come to assess her, because we feel Mr.Kilembe personalized the whole issue when other people can go.
Penstone argued that this decision could put an end to the adoption process all together, saying,
What this means is that the whole adoption process may crumble and David sent back to his village.
Justin Dzonzi, a human rights lawyer who led a 65-memberrights group challenge to Madonna’s adoption, agreed that this couldput a halt to the adoption,
The Minister cannot change what the court set byhaving another person to do the assessment, the court will not listento anyone else apart from the one it appointed.
Madonna and Guy were granted custody of David in October 2006.
Thanks to CBB reader Maya.