Madonna is to compensate the local people of Chinkhota village of Malawi with £70,000 after their houses were destroyed to make room for her Raising Malawi Academy for girls.
However villagers that were evacuated are not happy with the money they are being offered as compensation. One of them Amos Mkuyu, said he was given just 200,000 Malawi Kwacha (£850) for three hectares of land, mango trees and three dwellings.
“My sisters and I inherited this land from our parents, whose parents have been here for over a hundred years. How can I get only K200, 000 (850 pounds),” the Daily Express quoted Mkuyu.
However, the District Commissioner, Charles Kalemba, recently told the villagers in Chinkhota where the school is being built that government allowed them to occupy the land because there was no project for the area.
“Now that Madonna wants to build you a school you have to give way. This school is the future of our children,” he said.
Village head man Binson Chinkhota said: “We have been compensated and this school is a pride for us as it is the future of our children.”
Anjimile Mtila-Oponyo, the school’s principal-designate, added: “We stalled for some months because of the land dispute. We are now in full swing and set to meet the 2011 deadline.”
The school consists of 46 hectares and will have a library and administration building, dining hall, gymnasium, wellness center, sports field, 30 classrooms, 12 dormitories and 18 staff houses.
The design was centered around optimizing natural day lighting and ventilation to minimize energy use and take advantage of the natural site conditions.