PDP official abducted in Gwanda

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is seriously concerned on the whereabouts of Elliot Shelton, the party’s Matabeleland South provincial secretary for security who was abducted by suspected state security agents on Wednesday.

pdpShelton was abducted by some unknown men who were driving in two white double-cab vehicles without registration numbers on Wednesday afternoon.

Efforts by the party to locate Shelton since yesterday have been fruitless and we fear for his safety in light of how the state has in the past abducted political and human rights defenders.

The PDP demands the urgent release of Shelton and we hold the state and Zanu PF responsible for the abduction.

We underscore the need for total change in Zimbabwe where the rule of law is upheld and people are respected regardless of their political affiliations. It is also disheartening to note that the latest abduction comes a few weeks before missing human rights activist Itai Dzamara clocks year without being heard of after he was abducted in similar circumstances on 9 March 2015.

As the PDP, we demand that Shelton’s abductors must release him to his family and we will make all efforts to secure his location and safe release. Zimbabwe cannot continue to feign being a democracy yet its citizens who dare criticize the rotten ZANU PF leadership are not guaranteed of safety.

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