Aide allegedly admits that he, and not President Joyce Banda, circulated a scathing letter about the pop star.
Remember that scathing letter issued a few days ago from the office of Joyce Banda, the President of Malawi, which slammed pop-star Madonna as “a musician who desperately thinks she must generate recognition by bullying state officials instead of playing decent music on the stage”? At the time, it seemed incredible that Banda was willing to take on the mega-celebrity, who adopted two children from the impoverished African nation and who has been involved in charity work there. Some newspapers speculated that the tiff was a family affair—the president’s sister had once been employed by Madonna, and was supposedly scapegoated over a botched bid by Madonna’s Raising Malawi charity to finance schools.
Well, turns out, Banda apparently didn’t write the letter at all. Britain’s Daily Telegraph says they have obtained an email written by one of Banda’s aides, who allegedly admitted that he’d sent out the missive without bothering to double-check with the press secretary or the president herself. The Telegraph says the aide told a friend that he'd been “reprimanded” by Banda over the incident and that the president “is mad at me.”