Madonna prepares for Malawian adoption official
- 28 August 2007
A Malawian official will visit Madonna and Guy Ritchie in Britain next month to assess whether they are suitable parents for an African child.
The process was hampered earlier this month when Penstone Kilembe, who had been appointed by a Malawi court to assess Madonna and her husband, was refused permission to travel to Britain by the Malawian minister of women and child development.
It was claimed Kilembe had accepted a plane ticket and money from the pop star without government approval. He had been asked to travel twice to Britain to meet Madonna and assess her suitability to adopt the child David Banda, before his testimony would be used in a hearing next year.
'What we had with the minister was just a misunderstanding and that has been resolved. Madonna herself has been informed about the new proposed dates because she has been looking forward to this so that her adoption process is not hampered,' Kilembe stated.
Madonna took the child - then 13 months old - from Malawi last October after his father placed him in an orphanage.