Credible reports gathered by the Daily Observer say a Ugandan woman, Shirat Nalwadda, who was sentenced to 4 years in jail to be served in her homeland, is “slowly dying,” after she was transferred from the Monrovia Central Prison to a cell in Bomi County.It is not clear what is causing her ill-heath, but the source said her health had deteriorated to the extent that she does not eat anymore.She was found guilty in early 2014 and sentenced to jail in her homeland, Uganda, by then Criminal Court ‘C’ Judge Blamo Dixon on the commission of the crimes of unlawful possession, trafficking and distribution of narcotic drugs in Liberia.In that ruling, Judge Dixon declared that “The defendant is hereby adjudged guilty of the said crime, and she is hereby further sentenced to imprisonment for the period of four consecutive years with immediate effect. The defendant is also hereby ordered to be deported from Liberia through diplomatic channels to serve her sentence in the Republic of Uganda.”That order was intended for the Liberian government to immediately deport her to serve her prison term in her country. But a source told the Daily Observer, “Unfortunately the Liberian government has failed to honor the decision of its own court, something which many consider as a “bad precedent,” between two separate and equal branches of government.”When her defense attorney was contacted yesterday, he could neither confirm nor deny the report but instead admitted that since she was transferred from Monrovia to the Bomi cell, the outbreak of the Ebola virus caused the Liberian government to send all female prisoners to Bomi, while male inmates remained in Monrovia. He had never visited her since then, he admitted.“If her condition is deteriorating I believe it, because I was the only one who used to visit her at Monrovia Central Prison and also take food to her there,” Atty. Elisha T. Forekeyoh stated.“She does not eat rice as we do in Liberia. The only foods that she eats are spaghetti, plantain, banana, tomato and fruits and whenever she needed food she would usually call me.”Shirat Nalwadda, 24, a native of Uganda, was arrested at the Roberts International Airport on November 30, 2013 with 1.2 kilograms of heroin found in her luggage which the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) put at a street value of US $30,000, an equivalent of LD2,400,000.She was charged with unlawful possession, trafficking and distribution of narcotic drugs and subsequently indicted by the Grand Jury of Montserrado County on December 11, 2013. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– Pat Knepley Simi Valley Scam artists Re “Zaca Fire drive is called hoax” (Briefly, Aug. 25): Fire officials are warning residents to beware of a scam artist’s soliciting money to aid firefighters injured in the Zaca Fire. Officials want us to call our local police agency if we are solicited for money. For the Kids? Hardly Re “LAUSD widens health benefits” (Aug. 31): It is really incredible that the union representatives for LAUSD cafeteria workers would state that giving part-time workers full-time health benefits (to the tune of $110 million) is “for the kids.” The unions are bankrupting the district, and are getting away with it with the so-called reformist school board’s help. I fail to see how increasing the cafeteria workers from three hours a day to four suddenly makes the job full time, thus helping a child. What would really help a child is to make sure there is enough money for new textbooks, or to pay for a librarian or teacher’s aide. Since the dawn of school cafeterias, the “lunch lady” gig has been part time and everyone knows it. Forget about calling your local police department. I received a call (in Spanish) asking for money for the police department. I got the organization’s phone number and told them I would get back to them. I then called the Foothill Division police station and they did not even want the scammer’s phone number. They told me they cannot do anything about these scam artists. Interesting. The police cannot even protect themselves from thieves. Where does that leave us? – Eloy L. Mendoza Pacoima Room for failure Re “Brewer says no room for failure” (Aug. 25): What is happening here? Our children are not graduating from high school. If they do manage to do that, they aren’t prepared for the work force because everyone is pushing “college.” Unfortunately, they aren’t prepared for college either. So they have to start off with remedial classes. Then, because of the “college” push, they resort to unproductive, easy courses that they can pass, which might earn them a diploma but has not prepared them for the work force either. We are outsourcing our work and importing our professionals. Who’s losing? We are. That’s what is happening here. – Joy Stovall Woodland Hills Stop scary imports First was the pet food, followed by the toothpaste and now the millions of leaded toys. It seems that we cannot purchase anything in this country that is not made in China. We also have the illegal-immigration problem that could be easily solved if we put more factories in Mexico to manufacture the same products. More jobs for Mexicans, less illegal immigration into the USA. Since Mexico is so much closer to our borders, it would be a lot easier to monitor the safety of the products. It seems to me that this way we could solve two problems at the same time. – Ana B. Diaz Santa Clarita Why Osama’s not dead Re “Osama is dead” (Your Opinions, Aug. 26): I have a couple of words for Ron Sellz. The first word is “Amen” to your letter. And as for the government not telling us that Osama’s dead, a second word comes to mind, “Martyr.” Think about it. – Larry Fontaine Tujunga Steve Young Re “The raspberry” (Your Opinions, Aug. 31): I totally disagree with reader Robert Sprott’s assessment of Steve Young. He is not only funny, but creative, and an expert observer of the absurd. Sprott obviously does not understand satire. – Laverne Williams Van Nuys 93 U.S. attorneys A little intellectual honesty would be nice. Twice last week, once in a Daily News editorial and once in a “Their Opinions” editorial, the phrase “Clinton fired all 93 U.S. attorneys” was invoked as a reason why the latest Alberto Gonzales situation was not important or significant. He did – on assuming the presidency, Clinton fired all the 93 U.S. attorneys appointed by his predecessor, George H.W. Bush. Similarly, Ronald Reagan, upon assuming the presidency, fired all sitting U.S. attorneys appointed by his predecessor, Jimmy Carter, who fired all the sitting U.S. attorneys appointed by his predecessor and so on and on and on. This is standard procedure. What is not standard procedure is firing a number of U.S. attorneys during a president’s term of office, and that is what this dust-up is all about. – Melvin Langsam West Hills160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!