Madonna in Malawi for new child adoption

Sun Mar 29, 2009 5:16pm EDT
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By Mabvuto Banda

LILONGWE (Reuters) - Pop singer Madonna arrived in Malawi on Sunday ahead of a court examination this week of her bid to adopt a second Malawian child, a girl called Mercy James, officials said.

"She disembarked from the cargo area and jumped into her convoy," an airport official said.

An employee said Madonna had checked into an exclusive lodge, accompanied by her son David Banda, whom she adopted in 2006 from the same Mchinji Home of Hope orphanage where four-year-old Mercy lives.

The employee said David's biological father Yohane Banda was at the lodge to see his son.

Some Malawians opposed David's adoption, accusing the government of skirting laws that ban non-residents from adopting children. Critics say Mercy's adoption would also violate Malawi's laws.

Court clerks confirmed the name of the child last week and said Madonna or her associates were expected to appear in court on Monday for the adoption proceedings.

The local Nation newspaper this month quoted Madonna, 50, as saying Malawian friends had told her David needed a brother or sister and that she would consider adopting another child, but only with the support of the Malawian people.

Madonna took David when he was 13-months-old after his father had placed him in an orphanage following the death of his wife.   Continued...

<p>U.S. pop singer Madonna looks on at a site where she is setting up a school near Lilongwe, March 29, 2009. REUTERS/Eldson Chagara</p>