Reading from the three-judge panel’s ruling, Chief Justice Lovemore Munlo said Madonna’s interest in helping Malawi orphans–she founded Raising Malawi, a charity that helps feed, educate and provide medical care for them–should have been taken into account when the lower court made its decision.
“We find the judge in the lower court to have dwelled so much on media reports on the issue of residence, and to us this was not evidence enough to deny Madonna a chance to adopt Mercy James,” Munlo said, according to Reuters. “We therefore grant Madonna the adoption order.”
For those of you wondering what happened to Mercy’s father who wanted to raise her after learning she wasn’t dead, he’s enjoying his brand new khaki shorts, and more importantly, no longer lives in fear of having his soul devoured in his sleep. Provided he makes an annual goat sacrifice to his death-handed master.