During her trip to Malawi to establish a $15 million school, Madonna plans to meet 3-year-old adopted daughter Mercy’s father.
A source close to Madonna, 51, told Us magazine that she will meet 24-year-old James Kambewa, who currently works odd jobs including serving as a night guard, for the first time during her humanitarian trip to the African nation.
“Madonna wants to meet Mr. Kambewa because she does not want to deny Mercy her background,” a source told Us magazine. “Madonna wants to assure Mr. Kambewa that Mercy will not be delinked from her roots.”
Still, another family member of Mercy’s isn’t happy with Madonna’s plan.
Mercy’s uncle, Peter Baneti, tells Us that her family in Malawi doesn’t approve of the meeting because Kambewa has only claimed paternity of Mercy after news of the adoption first emerged in April. “We do not recognize Kambewa as Mercy’s father,” Peter Baneti told Us magazine. “He just came out of the woodwork to claim paternity while he was not there when my sister was pregnant.”
Madonna’s four children — including 12-year-old daughter Lourdes, son Rocco, 8, Mercy and David Banda, 4, who was adopted from Malawi in 2006 — accompanied her on the trip.
In addition to the private meeting with Kambewa, Madonna will host a ceremony Monday for the Raising Malawi Academy for Girls. The school, which will be located near the capital city of Lilongwe, will establish “a leadership institution that will prepare future women leaders committed to the vision of a better Malawi through academic excellence and leadership training,” a source told Us magazine. Madonna will also spend the trip meeting with President Bingu wa Mutharika, who will likely grant her honorary citizenship. Madonna then plans to visit the six orphanages — which house more than 25,000 children — she is funding through Raising Malawi.