Hita was arrested in April for a photo exhibition entitled “Reflections” in Masvingo and charged with “holding a public meeting without notifying the authorities.”
Hita’s lawyer Blessing Nyamaropa of Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) told Radio VOP that Masvingo area public prosecutor identified as Shumba advised him that Tomana had given him the authority to proceed with the trial once the court set the trial date.
Shumba advised Nyamaropa that he will use the seized photos as exhibits during the trial.
The prosecution of Hita comes hardly a fortnight after Tomana authorised the prosecution of Bulawayo’s Gukurahundi visual artist Owen Maseko. Maseko will stand trial in August for allegedly undermining the authority of or insulting President Robert Mugabe.
Maseko was arrested in March under the country’s security laws for staging an exhibition in Bulawayo about the 1980’s Matabeleland massacres carried out by troops loyal to President Robert Mugabe’s previous government.