Hours after an uproar on social media following a Nigerian tourist’s sexual assault allegations while on vacation at the Warere Beach Hotel in April 2021, the management of the Zanzibar-based establishment has finally responded.
In a Facebook post shared on Sunday morning, the hotel insisted that the matter was reported to relevant authorities who classified the case as personal, and not the hotel’s negligence.
The hotel also faulted the aggrieved client, Zainab, for declining to take the case further after pursuing numerous avenues in her quest for justice.
The hotel says it was ready to meet the compensation awarded to Zainab by the courts.
Moreover, the hotel’s management claims it was hacked on Saturday, adding it had received over 4,000 negative reviews in three hours from people it believes have never stayed at their facility.
“We are saddened that we must post this.
Our Warere website was hacked, today 16 April 2022.
Simultaneously, we were inundated by a massive release of defamatory reviews and messages through many different social media platforms regarding accusations of sexual assault at our property. Within 3 hours we received over 4,000 negative reviews on Google from people who had never stayed at our hotel.
As a woman-owned and operated business, the Warere takes guest safety and the safety of single women travelers extremely seriously, as evidenced by 6 years of verified positive reviews from women all over the world.
We tried our best to support Ms. Zainab Oladehinde as soon as we learned of the accusations.
We immediately brought her to the police and offered her support.
The case was brought before Government authorities in April 2021 when it occurred.
The police report indicated that this was a personal case, and not negligence on the part of the Warere.
After passing by the Zanzibar Nungwi police, the District Commissioners Office, the Regional Commissioners Office, and the office of the Second Vice President of the govt of Zanzibar, Ms. Zainab declined to take the case further.
Ms. Zainab Oladehinde was informed that the hotel would abide by damages rewarded by the court system of Zanzibar.
We will continue to serve our guests from all corners of the world with the same level of hospitality and excellence that we have become known for throughout Zanzibar over the past six years,” it reads.
Zanzibar’s Commission for Tourism has also come out to respond to the lady’s explosive account of events.
In a statement issued Sunday, the Commission regretted the alleged incident, saying it was handling the matter “very seriously.”
“An Immediate investigation has commenced and we will report its findings. We condemn any harm or threat to our visitors to the peaceful islands of Zanzibar,” stated Hafsa Mbamba, the commission’s Executive Secretary.
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