Madonna visits Malawi for first time in two years

Madonna has reportedly taken her adopted children to their native Malawi for the first time in two years and landed in the African nation for an unannounced visit on Monday.

Madonna has reportedly taken her adopted children to their native Malawi for the first time in two years.

The 54-year-old singer adopted David and Mercy, who are both eight-years-old, from the poverty-stricken African nation.

UK newspaper The Mirror reports the star arrived at the Kamuzu International Airport in the country’s capital of Lilongwe on Monday morning for an unannounced visit. The singer reportedly took her private Gulfstream jet.

It was unclear if Madonna took all of her four children. The singer also shares a 16-year-old daughter, Lourdes, with her former fitness trainer Carlos Leon and a 12-year-old son, Rocco, with ex-husband Guy Ritchie.

A source said the Kumbali Lodge in Lilongwe had been cleared for her visit and a dozen rooms have been prepped for her stay.

“All the guests who had checked into the lodge were asked to check out on Thursday and we are not checking in any new guests now,” an insider at the lodge said.

Madonna and her entourage were reportedly driven from the airport directly to Mchinji.

The singer first met David Banda at an orphanage in the western district in 2006.

She adopted Mercy James three years later from the eastern district of Zomba after a battle with Malawi’s Supreme Court for the girl.

The singer’s petition to adopt Mercy was initially rejected because she had not met the legal requirement of living in Malawi for the two years prior.

Madonna promised the court she would bring the children back to Malawi “every two or three years”.

It was unclear at press time if the singer had organised a meeting with David’s biological father, Yohane James, or with Mercy’s grandmother Lucy Chekechiwa and uncle Peter Baneti.

Peter said the family “desperately” wants to be reunited with Mercy.

“No one told me anything about Madonna’s visit. I hope she has brought Mercy, we desperately want to be reunited with her. We hope we will be allowed to meet her,” he said.
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Monday, 01. April 2013