However, the singer appealed the decision and the appeal was heard on 4 May by the head of the southern African countrys judiciary, Chief Justice Lovemore Munlo, and two other appeal court justices – Isaac Mtambo and Duncan Tambala.
Delivering their determination on Friday after leaked news of the favourable ruling, the Chief Justice allowed Madonnas appeal to succeed.
Chief Justice Munlo pointed out that Madonna has shown committmenet to help disadvantaged children in the country and that the High Court judge made an error in law for not taking into account that fact.
The appeal court also quashed the residency rule as a barrier saying it was archaic.
We therefore grant the adoption, ruled the Chief Justice.
Chinula said Chifundo whose name translates to Mercy will now be united with David Banda the little boy Madonna adopted from Malawi.