Mathew Masinge, Court Reporter
Two suspects who were among a gang which staged an attempt to take over Langford Estates in Harare recently have appeared in court.
The duo Trymore Kachiya and Gabriel Machaya were not asked to plead when they appeared before Mbare magistrate Rangarirayi Gakanje.
Kachiya and Machaya are being charged with attempted murder and inciting public violence respectively.
According to the State, Kachiya who is supervisor with a local security company and a group of more than 50 people who are still at large proceeded to Langford Estates, in Glen View 7 on August 24.
The Estates belong CFI Holdings.
The State allege that, Kachiya and the other suspects claimed they intended to settle a land ownership wrangle between them and CFI Holdings.
The suspects allegedly demanded to enter the premises before an altercation ensued with the guards manning the gates.
Further allegations by the State point that Kachiya armed himself with an unknown fire arm, adopted a kneeling position before firing several shots towards the guards.
Kachiya and crew then forced entry by destroying the boom gate, wooden guardroom and toilet.
Guards Munyaradzi Maramba, Marlvin Mangondo, Ranganai Taungano and Elvis Bvumbure were injured during the process.
After being overpowered by Kachiya and crew the guards sought refuge and reinforcement from other guards who were also manning a Fidelity Life Assurance Property nearby.
Seeing that more guards had been engaged, Kachiya and others boarded their vehicles and left.
As for Machaya, the State allege that he hired 21 assailants on the same day before driving them to the same CFI Holdings property where they also demanded entry.
Machaya also allegedly fired shots from his shotgun (not yet recovered) before assaulting the security guards with missiles, open hands and boots all over their bodies.
Both Kachiya and Machaya are expected back in court on October 7.