The widow of the late national here General Vitalis Zvinavashe, Margaret, has disputed reports that she was forced to surrender part of her farm to Chinese ceramic tiles factory Sunny Yi Feng Tiles. She said she was happy to share the land as this would create jobs for over 1700 local people. Speaking to The Herald, Margaret said
As a mother and a patriot, I have no hard feelings at all. The land in question will be used for projects that will boost our economy and 1 700 locals will get jobs. It is better for us to share and allow thousands of Zimbabweans to get jobs to fend for their families…The minister (Perrance Shiri) approached me and he explained to me that some investors were looking for land between Harare and the Norton tollgate. He told me that there was a policy of downsizing big farms and that if I was comfortable with it, the foreign investors would be offered part of my farm. He asked me to spare at least 100 hectares, which I agreed to. The Chinese investor was then allocated the land by Government. I was then issued with a new offer letter for a reduced farm size.
Margaret has been left with 1200 hectares.