The police only allowed the lawyers to access their clients after they were served with a copy of an urgent court application which had been filed by the lawyers at the High Court seeking to access their clients and have them released.
The lawyers Charles Kwaramba and Marufu Mandevere of Mbidzo, Muchadehama and Makoni Legal Practitioners, who are members of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) confirmed locating 24 residents including Councillor Tungamirai Madzokere and former Councillor Last Maengahama.
The police charged the 24 residents with contravening Section 47 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23 for committing murder.
The lawyers, who had since Monday been denied access to their clients reported that some of the residents advised them that they were assaulted while in police custody as the police sought to induce confessions. The residents were picked up by the police on Sunday evening and Monday morning as the police responded to the death of an officer who allegedly died after a confrontation as the police attempted to break up a meeting at a shopping centre in the high density suburb.