Madonna to inspect Malawi children hospital she is building: Row with Mercy family rages on

Pop diva Madonna  is coming to Malawi  on Sunday July 10 to  inspect a 50-bed pediatrics ward at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in the commercial capital Blantyre, the first dedicated pediatric intensive care unit in the country that her charity organisation, Raising Malawi.

Madonna is in Malawi visiting the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre where she launched a new project to construct a pediatric surgery and intensive care unit.

Madonna  visiting the Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre where she launched a new project to construct a pediatric surgery and intensive care unit.

Laughs; Madonna could be seen joking with her young daughter Mercy James

Laughs; Madonna could be seen joking with her young daughter Mercy James

Sarah Ezzy, director of the charity Raising Malawi, said Madonna is building a two-storey free-standing 50-bed paediatric surgical ward which will also have an Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

“The new facility, which will be completed by the end of the year, will have three operating theatres for surgery in children, a 50 bed ward, a day clinic, and the country’s first ever paediatric intensive care unit,” Ezzy said.

Madonna first came to Malawi in 2006 when she adopted a then one-year-old David Banda at an orphanage in Mchinji andereturned in 2009 to adopt her second Malawian child, Mercy Chifundo James, at another orphanage.

But recently, Mercy’s Malawian family accuse the pop singer of broken promises of visitation rights and the child;s eventual return – something that Madonna has strongly denied.

‘Madonna may have been acting in good faith believing she was saving a child from poverty and death, as she may not have been told the whole truth. It is difficult to put into words the love Mercy’s Malawian family have for her.

“They love her so much and never intended to be permanently separated from her. For them it is a battle they will not stop fighting. Madonna needs to understand that as Mercy grows older and becomes aware of these things it may not be good for her and all parties concerned.,” UK’s Daily Mail newspaper recently quoted 25 year old  Agatha Molande the best friend of Mercy’s biological mother  Mwandida Chekechiwa.

Molande has warned that there will be stormy times ahead unless Madonna acts now.

But a spokesperson for the 57-year-old superstar said: ‘Mercy has never had her past or her heritage hidden from her and she visits Malawi every year to learn about her roots and to visit friends and family.

‘Inaccurate stories about Mercy’s adoption harm no one more than the child herself,’ they added.

The girl’s teenage mother Mwandida died eight days after Mercy was born in January 2005.

During her last visit to Malawi in November 2014, Madonna was appointed as Malawi’s Goodwill Ambassador for child welfare by President Peter Mutharika.

The pop star helps fund a number of charities — including orphanages, schools and medical facilities — in Malawi.

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Chipapwiche Kajhalwiche
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Chipapwiche Kajhalwiche
2 months 22 days ago

Abiti Molande shut up or put up. why did you not adopt Mercy when your friend died? Go to hell with your typical primitive thinking of pull everyone down into poverty. No stormy days for Mercy James ahead. Mmanja mwaka mwasatana wachokamo Mercy!

Jailosi
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Jailosi
2 months 22 days ago

Indeed Molande ndi chitsiru. When mercys mum died, abale ake anakamusiya ku orphanage. Iyeyo anali kuti osamtenga mwanayo if indeed amamfuna? Akuganiza angamukwanitse mercy moyo she is leading? Fotseki zake

Nambewe
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Nambewe
2 months 23 days ago

Ayi zimasililika wina akakonza! when they were giving Mercy away was their love for her less than it is now? just be grateful that Madonna is doing your work for you and stop being hypocrites! the child is now attractive because she is well looked after and all you are seeing what you can get from her that’s all!!! selfish people you are!!!

Mathew
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Mathew
2 months 23 days ago

Mercy is in better hands now and her future is bright, it’s good for mercy to stay in America than malawi, there was no hope for mercy in malawi her family should not pretend to love her cos she is on top of the world, why didn’t they show this love when she was at the orphanage centre. Stop bothering Madonna she is just trying to help.

The Patriot
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The Patriot
2 months 23 days ago

In other words the family of Mercy loves her so much that they want her to come back home and share the poverty! Ignorance at its best! Why cant you let Mercy grow up and let her make her own choice? Do you think she will choice poverty over riches?
Ngati family ikufuna chuthandizo , just say so but for them to try to sabotage Mercy’s new found road to riches its very disconcerting!!!!!!

Mubarak
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Mubarak
2 months 23 days ago

Osangowapasa Mercy wawoyo? Where was this Molande before the girl was adopted? She is jealous and pretend like she loves Mercy…hehehe sakuziwani ndani a Malawi…why didn’t you adopt her ali ku orphanage if you loved her? Galu wa munthu iwe….

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