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Madonna has blasted accusations she bullied officials and demanded special treatment during a recent trip to Malawi, insisting she will not be "distracted or discouraged" by political point-scoring.
The pop star, who adopted children David and Mercy from the country, made her latest visit to Africa on Easter Sunday (31Mar13).
She spent time with orphans and visited educational projects which have been funded through her Raising Malawi charity, but the trip was overshadowed by controversy because of the singer's alleged behaviour.
The Holiday hitmaker was accused of demanding VIP status at the local airport, while a letter from the office of Malawi President Joyce Banda contained fierce criticism of the star.
Banda accused the singer of "bullying state officials" and shot down Madonna's claims her charity has constructed 10 schools in the country. The leader claimed the 54 year old had only funded the refurbishment of several classrooms at existing educational facilities.
Madonna has now spoken out to address the accusations and has branded the content of the letter "lies".
The star also denies she demanded special treatment during her trip, stating, "I'm saddened that Malawi's President Joyce Banda has chosen to release lies about what we've accomplished, my intentions, how I personally conducted myself while visiting Malawi and other untruths.
"I have no intentions of being distracted by these ridiculous allegations. I came to Malawi seven years ago with honourable intentions. I returned earlier this month to view the new schools we built. I did not ever ask or demand special treatment at the airport or elsewhere during my visit.
"I will not be distracted or discouraged by other people's political agendas. I made a promise to the children of Malawi and I am keeping that promise."
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