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Malawi rights groups vow to fight Madonna adoption

MALAWI rights groups vowed on Wednesday to press ahead with a legal bid to stop Madonna from adopting a local one-year old boy, even though the child’s family have given their consent to the pop diva.

Madonna has angered r

ights groups with her plans to adopt young David Banda, who left his native country on Tuesday for the singer’s home in London after she was granted a temporary adoption by Malawi authorities.

Banda will stay with Madonna for 18 months, during which time his progress will be monitored by Malawi officials before final approval can be given for him to join her family.

Madonna has said she wants to give Banda a better life than he would have had at the orphanage where he lived in Malawi but activists accuse her of using her fame to bypass Malawi’s laws, which ban adoption by foreigners.

Justin Dzonzi, a lawyer for rights groups pushing for a court order against the interim adoption granted to Madonna, said they plan to approach the courts next week.

“We will meet the judge sometime next week and proceed with an injunction pending the process of adoption granted to Madonna last week by the High Court,” Dzonzi said. — Reuter.

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