BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) - The Malawi government alleges pop diva Madonna tried to use her fame and money to press the state for VIP treatment. A harshly-worded statement issued Wednesday by the president's office in the capital, Lilongwe, criticized Madonna, alleging that she expected to have special VIP status.
Madonna, who has had VIP treatment during her previous visits, was apparently surprised when she and her travelling party had to line up with ordinary passengers and be frisked by airport security when she left the country. President Joyce Banda was reportedly angered by Madonna's claims that she has built 10 schools in Malawi, saying that that the star only added classrooms to existing schools. Despite the new furor, Madonna said that she remains committed to helping the children of Malawi.