Malawian court rules against Queen of Pop adopting little Mercy
Madonna’s attempt to adopt little Mercy James has failed after a Malawian court ruled against the application.
Judge Esmie Chondo said in a ruling: ‘I must have to decline to grant the application to Madonna,’ following a closed-door hearing on Friday.
Despite receiving the backing of the Malawian government, after the country’s information minister, Patricia Kaliati, said the singer was a worthy mother and had already done much to help Malawi in the past few years, the application has been reportedly rejected owing to residency rules.
Madonna touched down in the African country last Sunday but was apparently not in court today to hear the decision. It is not yet known if she will appeal against the ruling.
Reports from the Associated Press explained that the application failed because of a stipulation that prospective adoptive parents must be resident in Malawi for 18 to 24 months.
The law was waived in 2006 when Madonna successfully adopted her Malawian son, David Banda. Mercy James is currently living in the same orphanage in which David resided before his adoption.
According to court papers just released, the A-lister said she was, ‘able and willing to securely provide for Chifundo James [whose name translates in English into Mercy James] and make her a permanent and established member of my family’.
Adding: ‘To deny Chifundo James the opportunity to be adopted by me could expose her to hardship and emotional trauma which is otherwise avoidable.’
The whole process has attracted endless media attention with many sources, including charities and families in Malawi, criticising the singer’s adoption bid, insisting Mercy James would be better off remaining in the care of relatives and, instead, receiving financial support.