It looks Madonna won’t be adopting anymore children from Malawi. Judge Esmie Chondo has declined her application. Why? The judge says it’s because she is not a citizen.
“I must have to decline to grant the application to Madonna,” judge Esmie Chondo said in a ruling following a closed-door hearing on Friday.
According to reports, the application has been rejected over residency rules.
Madonna, who flew to Malawi on Sunday, was not in court to hear the ruling over Chifundo James, three. It is not clear if she will appeal against it.
The 50-year-old singer flew into the southern African state on Sunday and applied to adopt Chifundo James, whose name translates into English as Mercy, the following day.
The Associated Press news agency said Madonna’s application had been rejected because of a requirement that prospective parents be resident in the southern African state for 18 to 24 months.
The rule was waived in 2006 when Madonna was allowed to take her adopted son, David Banda, to London before his adoption was finalised in 2008.
According to other news sources, the girls grandmother wants to raise her. Supposedly they have weird rules and she can’t actually take the child until she turns six. I wonder if Madonna will appeal? Stay tuned.