Malawi's President, Joyce Banda, said she was furious over a statement her office issued labeling pop star Madonna a "bully."
Banda said she was unaware of the press release that accused Madonna of overstating her contribution to Malawi and demanding VIP treatment during visits.
Madonna responded to the criticism through a statement on her charity, Raising Malawi's, website.
In it she writes:
I came to Malawi seven years ago with honorable 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.
The president of Malawi was angered but is not expected to make a formal apology.
The mix-up is not the first bizarre incident arising from Madonna's recent charity visit to highlight the building of new schools.