This news is coming just after Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika appoints Madonna the country’s Goodwill Ambassador for Child Welfare. Click here to see our previous story on this!
The pop legend is being accused of ‘betraying’ the family of her adopted daughter Mercy James whom the singer adopted from Malawi years ago- as they issued a desperate plea to be allowed to see her.
The grandparents of Mercy James have accused the star of cutting them out of her life and failing to meet a promise to keep her close to her roots. They also attacked ‘white foreigners’ for taking children away from Africa.
Saxon Maunde, grandfather of Mercy James who was adopted by Madonna in 2009, told MailOnline: ‘Nobody has told me a thing about Mercy being in the country or about her welfare since she left us.
‘She has my blood flowing in her veins. It is preposterous that I am not made aware of anything regarding her development.’
The 69-year-old, who ekes out a living selling pots from a roadside stall, added that Madonna had, ‘broken my heart and hearts of my family members,’ saying that, ‘she has shown no humanity at all towards us.’ Saxon Maunde originally backed Madonna’s bid to adopt his granddaughter because he believed she would get a good education, and convinced his reluctant ex-wife to agree the adoption papers.
But as Madonna visits Malawi with Mercy James, read here he said he bitterly regrets his decision and accused Madonna of kidnapping a child of Africa.
He said: ‘White foreigners who decide to take our children away from Africa have no understanding of our culture.
‘They don’t realise that in our African families each one has a responsibility to the others. If a half-brother or half-sister does well, they share their fortunes with all of the others.Because of that system, he believed Mercy was being given the chance of a lifetime to travel to America for her schooling and would then return to help her family in Africa. ‘Now I see that all she meant was that she would bring her here on holiday, stay in an expensive lodge for foreigners, and cut us – her real blood family – out of her life. That cannot be the right way to do things. No foreigner has the right to interfere in our culture like this.’
His thoughts were echoed by his ex-wife Lucy Chekechiwa, also 69, who fears she may never see her granddaughter again. ‘I am now old and sickly,’ she said. ‘I don’t want to die before seeing my daughter.’
Maunde says he now bitterly regrets signing the papers that allowed the 56-year-old pop star to adopt Mercy, whose teenage mother Mwandida, died days after giving birth. ‘By putting a distance between Mercy and me and members of my family, she is being extremely unfair.’We are extremely poor, but we do not need her money,’ he added. ‘A simple acknowledgement that we exist, that we are humans with feelings and that we do not wish to be disconnected from our child will be enough. ‘What has happened to our family should be a lesson to anyone who may be approached by Madonna with promises to make lives of children better.’
A representative for Madonna had not responded to requests for comment by the time of publication.