2 November Press Briefing Notes

Monday, 2nd November 2009
  • Her Excellency President Ellen Johnson has learned with great sorrow about the sudden death of Keith K. Jubah, Chairman of the Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC), who was murdered at his home at Morris Farm on the night of November 1, 2009. The President is deeply shocked and distressed over this heinous crime, which according to early police reports was the action of former disgruntled employees who had been fired.
The President has extended her deepest condolences to the bereaved family upon hearing the sad news. The late Keith Jubah was one of Liberiaís 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.

Two of those allegedly involved in the murder have already been apprehended. They are Abel Bondo and James Linka. A third culprit is being sought by the Liberia National Police (LNP).

President Johnson Sirleaf has also received with sadness the passing away of Ambassador Madam Eugenia A. Stevenson, the first woman to be appointed a Liberian Ambassador. Ambassador Stevenson, who died in Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S.A., at the age of 82, was first appointed Ambassador to Bonn, Germany in 1973 and ended her career as Liberian Ambassador to the U.S.A., in Washington, D.C. The President has expressed her condolences to the bereaved family.

  • The Mo Ibrahim Foundation, from Cape Town, South Africa has released its 2009 Index of African Governance in October. According to the release, Liberia now ranks 39th out of 53 African countries after just three years of democratic governance.
While as a nation emerging from a devastating 14-year conflict, Liberia has yet to make substantive progress in the areas of safety, rule of law, sustainable economic opportunity and human development, the country scores well above the continental average in the category of participation, which is a strong indicator of democratic processes and human rights.

The Mo Ibrahim Index measures the delivery of public goods and services to citizens by government and non-state actors across 84 indicators of governance.

  • Her Excellency, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, wishes to inform the people of Liberia that contrary to reports that circulated in the media last week, she has not yet received any report on the financial scandal at the MICAT. The President promises to make the report public as soon as she receives it and act upon any recommendation from the Minister of Justice who is heading the investigation.
  • Finally, the President wishes to extend her profound gratitude to people of Liberia for their expression of well wishes during the celebration of her 71st birthday. She is especially grateful to the tens of thousands of people from Grand Bassa, Rivercess and Sinoe counties who left their busy schedules to greet her everywhere she went.
Thanks for your attention.