Two Harare men sustained broken legs after they were severely assaulted by Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) wardens who accused them of trespassing on Chikurubi Maximum security Prison premises.
The officers, Michael Moses Nduna (27) and Florence Chihambakwe (32) have since appeared before Harare Magistrate Munashe Chibanda facing assault charges.
They were not asked to plead and were released on ZW$15 000 bail each and will be back in court on February 22 for trial.
Complainants are Evidence Kutsawa, an employee for Premier Southerton and Alex Gombedza employed by Food World Supermarket.
Court papers show that the incident occurred on October 4 last year around 8 am when Kutsawa and Gombedza were walking from their places of residence heading to Gletwin using a road that passes through Chikurubi Maximum Security Prison premises.
It is alleged while at the prison’s recreational park, they bumped into the two prison guards who were on duty with some inmates.
They accused Kutsawa and Gombedza of trespassing on prison premises.
Nduna then allegedly instructed the complainants to lie down on their backs and when had complied, Chihambakwe instructed Nduna to assault them with a pick handle.
The complainants were allegedly brutally beaten several times until their legs got fractured.
After being released, the duo reported the assault at Highlands ZRP station.
They were treated at Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals.