US pop star Madonna's adoption of two-year-old David Banda is not completed contrary to foreign media reports that it has been approved by the Malawian government.
Official Malawi News Agency (Mana) reported that Deputy Director for the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Cyrus Jeke, has said the adoption is not and that government has no jurisdiction to complete the process but the courts.
"It is not up to government to make the final verdict as to whether Madonna is going
to adopt David or not. An adoption case is usually between the petitioners (parents) and courts and government only comes in as a mediator or facilitator," the ministry official told Mana.
Jeke said Madonna would have to follow the whole adoption process which is expected to last for 18 months. But the ministry official said the findings will be tendered in court and used to make a determination as to whether the pop star is suitable to adopt the Malawian orphan.
International media has been quoting the assessment report that it recommended that “it is in the best interest of the child" to be adopted by the Madonna and his husband Guy Ritchie.
Jeke was did not comment on the report but hinted it was positive and that the acceptance of David’s biological father attaches more advantages for Madonna’s wish to adopt.
It has also been gathered that Malawi social welfare official will be making a second trip in February next year to London, the home of the Ritchie’s as part of the adoption process to make another assessment.
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