U.S. pop star Madonna has filed for the adoption of two more children from Malawi, a Spokesman for the southern African country’s Judiciary on Wednesday said.
“I can indeed confirm that Madonna is interested in adopting two more children from Malawi. Her local lawyers are working on the initial adoption process,’’ Mlenga Mvula said.
Madonna’s four children already include two from Malawi, David Banda and Mercy James.
Mvula declined to disclose the names of the children that Madonna was interested in adopting, saying that some issues governing an adoption process were kept confidential to protect the children’s interests.
The spokesman said that a court in the capital Lilongwe, the current guardians of the children and the government would all be involved.
“One cannot predict the outcome of the process. It is the court which will have a final say on whether Madonna should adopt two more children from Malawi or not,’’ he added.
Madonna has created a non-governmental organization, Raising Malawi, to support orphans and vulnerable children in Malawi.
She has also sponsored schools and hospitals in the country.
In 2014, President Peter Mutharika appointed her as Malawi’s ambassador for child welfare.
Mutharika’s predecessor Joyce Banda, however, had a stormy relationship with the singer, whom she accused of having bad manners and of expecting an exaggerated gratitude from Malawians.