Procurement chief shot dead

3 November 2009

03 November 2009 | Jake Kanter

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

Keith Jubah, head of the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission, which helps fight corruption by scrutinising government spending, was killed on Sunday evening by a gang of men outside Liberia's capital Monrovia.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said in a statement she was "deeply shocked and distressed" over the crime, thought to have been carried out by "disgruntled" former employees.

She added: "The late Keith Jubah was one of Liberia's most decent public servants. He believed in the reform agenda of this country. Liberia has lost a great asset; his death will not go unpunished. Those found guilty of this gruesome cowardly act will be brought to justice."

Local broadcaster Star Radio said police have launched a full investigation into Jubah's death and two people have been arrested.

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