Monday 23 October 2017

Malawi's leader takes pop at Madonna

Malawi's new President Joyce Banda. Photo: Getty Images
Malawi's new President Joyce Banda. Photo: Getty Images

Aislinn Laing

madonna has been criticised by Malawi's new president Joyce Banda for "changing her mind" over plans to build schools there.

Mrs Banda said the pop star was not "barred" from returning, but her charitable involvement in Malawi was over.

"Madonna came to Malawi to build a school, an academy like the one Oprah (Winfrey) built in South Africa, but she changed her mind," she said.

"I have a problem with a lot of things around the adoption of the children and the changing of the mind and then coming back to build community schools," she said.

"It's something she offered to do and she has changed her mind -- that's fine."

Madonna, who adopted David and Mercy from Malawian families, set up Raising Malawi to build an €11.5m academy for 400 girls.

But she fell out with the charity after a report accused staff, including Mrs Banda's sister, of spending funds on luxurious cars. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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