The president of Malawi is furious after a blistering attack on Madonna was made without her permission, the aide responsible for the statement admitted.
Tusekele Mwanyongo wrote in an email to a friend that he had been "reprimanded" by Joyce Banda for the statement, which branded the American singer as "bullying" and "uncouth".
"Oops, I goofed," he admitted in the email. "The president is mad with me."
Issued on state house-headed notepaper on Wednesday night, the statement said the pop star appeared to want "gratitude" for adopting two children from the impoverished African country.
The statement was greeted with consternation by Madonna, who said she was "saddened" by the president's behaviour. (© Daily Telegraph, London)