“The district commissioner for Lilongwe told the villagers to move off the land and (make) way for the construction of the academy because it was government land reserved for development projects,” an official from the commissioner’s office told AFP by telephone.
The official, who did not want to be named, said district commissioner Charles Kalemba told the nearly 200 villagers that they were lucky to have been “compensated for the houses, gardens and fruit trees.”
Kalemba, accompanied by officials from the government department of lands and Madonna’s charity Raising Malawi, visited the site on the outskirts of the administrative capital Lilongwe on Wednesday.
The villagers had threatened to block the project unless they got more cash after being paid 500,000 dollars in compensation by Madonna’s charity.
Malawian officials said on Thursday that they have moved scores of villagers from land where US pop diva Madonna plans to build a girls academy. Continue Reading…
Not only does superstar Madonna fly in to Malawi and swoop up children like she’s the child catcher from the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, she’s also now forcing villagers out of their homes so she can build a school, which she will probably name after herself.
Caring Madge seems to be making some old skool British empire moves here….