Yohane Banda wants the world to know that he’s just fine with Madonna adopting his son, and says that his child should remain with her.
“Where were these people when David was struggling in the orphanage? These so-called human rights groups should leave my baby alone,” Yohane Banda said.
“As father I have okayed this, I have no problem; the village has no problem, who are they to cause trouble? Please let them stop.”
Meanwhile, the Human Rights Consultative Committee, a coalition of 67 organizations, launched a legal challenge Tuesday to the Malawian government decision to relax the usual ban on adoptions by foreigners and relax the requirement that prospective parents have to stay with the child for 18-24 months for assessment before the adoption is formalized. Malawian government officials have stated that the laws being used to mount the challenge are “archaic.”
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Written by Lauren Burch
Penston Kilembe, the Director of Child Welfare Services in the Ministry of Gender, child Welfare and Community Services, told The AP the laws the civil rights groups are using are “archaic.”
“These laws date back to the 1940s; things have changed now,” he said. “Madonna and her husband has broken no laws as far as government is concerned. They have followed all the legal steps.”
Kilembe said when approving the adoption of Baby David government looked at rights of the baby and the family and “found nothing amiss.”
“These groups should fight for rights of children, not block the same like they are trying to do now,” he said.