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Unknown Assailants 'Kidnap' Zimbabwe Opposition Party Official

Itai Dzamara of Occupy Africa Unity Square was abducted by unknown assailants almost 11 months ago.

The opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) says its provincial secretary for security, Elliot Shelton, has been kidnapped by unknown people.

PDP secretary general, Gorden Moyo, said Shelton was allegedly kidnapped by men, suspected to be state security agents, who were driving a truck without registration numbers in Gwanda, Matabeleland South province, on Wednesday afternoon.

The alleged kidnapping has sent shock waves across the small mining town.

Last year journalist and political activist, Itai Dzamara, was kidnapped in Harare by unknown people suspected to be state security agents. He is still missing.

His organization is urging President Robert Mugabe to step down claiming that he has failed to properly run Zimbabwe.

A PDP official in Gwanda, Petros Mukwena, told Studio 7 that police have indicated that Shelton is not in their custody.

"We cannot say this was an arrest," said Mukwena. "No charges were preferred against him and he is nowhere to be seen."