The three-strong prosecution team named the accused in the rape offence as Iddi Mabena (32) of Njombe region and Zuberi Thabiti (30), a resident of Mbarali in Mbeya region.
The other four - Rajabu Salehe (30), Ramadhani Ally (26), Muhsin Ng’ahy (36), and John Peter (24), all from Wami Dakawa in Mvomero district, Morogoro region – were charged together with Mabena and Thabiti on the second count of recording the incident on video and spreading it all over social media.
According to the lead prosecutor, state attorney Gloria Rwakibalila, the alleged rape offence was committed at around 7 p.m on April 27 this year, in a guest-house located in Dakawa, Mvomero district, Morogoro region.
Rwakibalila alleged before senior resident magistrate Mary Moyo that on the material day, Mabena and Thabiti committed the offences of rape and unnatural offence against the 21-year old girl (name withheld) while knowing that doing that so was against the law and causing the victim serious injuries.
The accused duo pleaded not guilty and was remanded in custody after the prosecution requested the court to deny them bail due to the case having a high public interest profile, and also for their own safety.
According to the prosecution, if the accused were granted bail they could also interfere with ongoing investigations.
The second count, of which all six accused were charged before resident magistrate Ivan Msaki, came under section 14 (1) (b) and 2 (b) of the Cybercrimes Act of 2015.
According to assistant lead prosecutor Edgar Bantulaki, they were responsible for filming the incident and making the video public through social media between April 28 and 30.
All six pleaded not guilty to the charge and were remanded in custody until June 1 when the case comes up for its next mention.
According to Morogoro regional police commander Urlich Matei, the six suspects arraigned in court yesterday are among a total of 11 people who were allegedly involved in the criminal act.
Matei said investigations were still in progress to pin down and apprehend the remaining suspects, and appealed to the government to supply the police force with modern technology equipment that can enable detectives to track down people who engage themselves in the creation and distribution of outlawed digital materials.