Liberian buying chief murdered

16 November 2009

16 November 2009 | Jake Kanter

The man in charge of overseeing public procurement in Liberia has been killed at his home, according to reports.

Keith Jubah, head of the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC), which helps fight corruption by scrutinising government spending, was murdered this month by a gang of men outside Liberia's capital Monrovia.

In a media briefing following Jubah's death, a press secretary for president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said police believed the crime was carried out by "disgruntled" former employees that had lost their jobs. She added: "He believed in the reform agenda of this country. His death will not go unpunished."

Two people were arrested in connection with the death, while a third suspect was on the run as SM went to press.

In a further statement Sirleaf described the murder as a "shocking blow". She said: "Keith was like a son to me, and his senseless death has touched and saddened me greatly."

She added: "The PPCC was established to ensure transparency and fairness in the awarding of contracts for government purchases, bids and tenders. As its chairman, Keith championed the cause, looking out for government's interests and those of the Liberian people. An advocate for Liberian businesses, he encouraged Liberians to also bid for government contracts.

"Keith Jubah was a fair, generous and decent human being, and Liberia has lost one of its brightest sons."





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