Two mauled in gold rush

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KWEKWE Two bounty hunters have reportedly been admitted at Kwekwe General Hospital after they were reportedly mauled by vicious police dogs during a raid for illegal gold panners at Sherwood Block, while 16 others have been languishing in police holding cells since Thursday.

Ronald Kagura (27) of Mbizo 7, Kwekwe, and Simon Nhari (27) of Ngezi sustained severe wounds during the attack.

The two are among a large number of illegal gold panners, who were caught trying to enter Sherwood Block in search of pure gold nuggets following the gold rush that has hit the area over the past few weeks.

Although hospital staff refused to discuss the pairs medical condition, the victims relatives confirmed the incidents yesterday.

He has been in hospital since Wednesday and we fear he might not recover full use of his manhood after he was mauled by the police dogs, said a relative of one of the victims.

A police officer who refused to be named told NewsDay the dogs are trained to bite suspects pressure points and joints including private parts so as to immobilise them.

Meanwhile, the Zanu PF losing candidate for Kwekwe Central constituency, Masango Blackman Matambanadzo, who is accused of leading the gold rush, is expected to appear in court today facing illegal gold mining charges.