In Standard Newspaper issue of Friday 14th March 2014, headlined “Austerity: How Govt spent millions on luxury retreat”, The Standard published the story that the government could have spent more than Sh100 million on a four-day retreat by the President and his cabinet at the exclusive Mt. Kenya Safari Club.

After establishing the truth from State House, we agree the story had errors and inaccuracies. The truth that was published in the Saturday Standard of March 15, 2014 is that the government spent only Sh8.4 million.

This low level of expenditure affirms the President’s and his government’s commitment to cut down on wasteful expenditure.

The board, management and staff of Standard Group offer unreserved apology to the President, his deputy and cabinet for embarrassment and grief that this story caused them.

We at The Standard support the President and his Cabinet’s resolve to cut down on wastage, eliminate corruption and cut down on government expenditure especially the huge wage bill that has the potential to cripple the economic development of our country.

We made a mistake that embarrassed the President and his cabinet and we apologise unreservedly to him and to the people of Kenya.

The story has been withdrawn from all online editions.  (Signed - Sam Shollei - Group CEO, Standard Group).

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