Six men suspected to be among a group of 100 who allegedly attacked the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing officials allocating residential stands to home-seekers in East View Phase 17 and Caledonia in Harare appeared in court yesterday.
They are Cosmas Maponda (31), Christopher Kuzakatika (19), Langton Kanyemba (20), Tichaona Chipendo (34), Tinashe Hatinahama (20) and Regis Madamombe (32).
The group appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Tendai Mahwe facing public violence charges and were remanded to August 25 on $100 bail each.
They told the court that they were assaulted by Mabvuku police officers who arrested them.
Prosecutor Mr Sebastian Mutizirwa was ordered to investigate the complaints.
The six were among 100 youths who besieged the place armed with knobkerries, stones and dogs. After invading the relocation site, the group started assaulting Government officials and the home-seekers.
A Government official, Everest Nyamadzawo, and five home-seekers – Cephas Chari, Machokoto Chiura, Chester Nyika, Lazarus Mayor and Lazarus Belly – were injured.
A Government Mazda BT50 registration number ABD7772 was damaged on its windscreen, rear right window and bonnet.
The following day, the same housing team went to Caledonia Phase 17. They were escorted by Mabvuku police officers and their officer-in-charge.
It is alleged that the accused regrouped and hurled stones at the team, resulting in the arrest of the six.