Sources in Standard Media Group, the publishers of the Standard Newspaper, have revealed that President Uhuru this morning summoned top management of the media house over an undisclosed agenda.
However, another source privy to the goings on has indicated that President Uhuru is furious over Standard Newspaper’s exclusive coverage of the ONE WEEK luxury vocation he led top government officials and which the taxpayer footed with Ksh 100 million bill.
Also, the president is worried about a potentially shameful Jicho Pevu investigative feature which is set to run in the coming days and which is based on his fraudulent win of the 2013 General elections. Scared to the born, that’s the current state of the son of Jomo.
President Uhuru is grappling with the country’s unsustainable wage bill but with a hundred million wasteful expenditure which he and his top government consumed in an exclusive resort hotel which 98% of the citizens cannot afford, the hypocrisy became the subject the today’s standard Newspaper by journalist Mark Kaplang.
“Arguments have been presented showing that even before the government forces salary cuts outside top ranks of government, a fact which could hurt workers already grappling with inflationary pressures and rising standards of living, it must first switch off the taps of wastage,” writes Kaplang.
The Standard captures the horrible public waste by Uhuru as follows:
Our first step was at Fairmont Mt Kenya Safari Club where the President, his deputy, Cabinet members, principal secretaries and their top aides, and retinue of advisors, security and other support staff such as drivers and probably even clerical officers spent four nights.
The Standard’s team inquiry began with the notion that the retreat need not have been in such a respected, expensive and World Class destination in moments of hard times. First, it turned out that the President and his team decided to extend the visit in the hotel by two more days, pushing the cost further up.
“It was a rare chance to host the President and his government from Monday to Friday,” said a hotel manager familiar with the pie that comes with such rich bookings.
The Standard exclusively established that the Government had initially booked the hotel for two days from Monday to Wednesday with the rest of the activities slated for transfer to Sagana State Lodge, about 60 kilometres away from the resort. The President checked into the hotel rated among the World’s Top 50 by New York-based Travel + Leisure Magazine on March 4 to join the lynchpins of his administration and signed the visitors book.
Hospitality analysts and publications have also rated the club as one of the most expensive hotels in Africa. President Uhuru spent his nights at the executive Equatorial Suite Number 102 that cost Sh51,050 per night. A source at the club told The Standard his deputy Mr William Ruto also stayed in one of the hotel’s classy rooms at a similar cost.
Their security and aides are believed to have taken adjacent rooms for protocol and security reasons. Sources familiar with the meeting said ‘senior’ Cabinet Secretaries were booked in at Signature Suite at a cost of Sh42,350 and Manor Junior Suite that cost Sh38,500 per night.
Other cabinet secretaries and principal secretaries spent the nights in Garden Suite, Mawingu Suite, Raymond Hook Suite, Deluxe View Room, River Deluxe Suites and Deluxe Room that cost between Sh33,688 and Sh25,025 a night.
The retreat saw the country literary run from a private club nestled in the middle of a forest at the foot of Mt Kenya. Sources familiar with the cost of bookings in the hotel said the creation of an exclusive venue for the Cabinet that also saw some security and drivers of these leaders housed in the hotel ran to about Sh65 million.
The Standard informants narrative how a furious Uhuru called the CEO and told him point blank to come to state house with his team to explain a host of issues the president want to know.
The story about wasteful expenditure was first carried by the Star (for smart people) but Standard finished the task, giving the sad picture of just how Uhuru callously spent public resources on a useless holidaying experience where cabinet secretaries were horse riding and enjoying massage services on public taxes.