March 14, 2012 15:43
Malawi government 'fed up' with Madonna's school plans
Ministry Of Education reckons the singer is more fussed about her own image
The Queen of Pop's Raising Malawi charity was forced to scrap plans to build a school in March last year, causing eight charity workers to sue her for unfair dismissal and non-payment of benefits, but has since announced new plans to build 10 new schools.
However, according to Reuters, Malawi officials are unhappy at the singer's constantly changing plans, with Ministry Of Education spokeswoman Lindiwe Chide criticising the star for not informing the relevant authorities when she scrapped her original plans.
"Now she decides to announce that she plans to build 10 schools without getting authority from us again," said Chide, before adding:
We now feel like this is all about propping up her global image and not in our interest.
She went on to add: "She has now mandate to decide where she wants to build a school because she doesn’t know our needs and where we want new schools. She first needed to consult us, get permission from us before doing anything."
However, Global Philanthropy Group Trevor Neilson refuted Chide's claims, stating: "This is simply not true. The government of Malawi has been fully updated on Madonna's effort to provide funding for 10 schools to be built in communities where there are no schools."
Madonna will release her new studio album 'MDNA' on March 26. The record will be her 12th studio LP and the follow-up to 2008's 'Hard Candy'. Last week (March 8), she previewed a new track from the album titled 'Love Spent' – scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to listen.
The singer is set to play shows at London's Hyde Park on July 17 and Edinburgh's Murrayfield Stadium on July 21. The dates are part of a full world tour, which kicks off on May 29 in Tel Aviv and runs until November 17, when the singer will perform in Atlanta, Georgia.
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