- CIO number 2 Gatsha Mazithulela barricaded himself inside house after clash with agent
A Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) agent drunkenly pointed a gun at the spy agency’s deputy director general Gatsha Mazithulela, a court heard on Wednesday.
Mazithulela was leaving his farm in Norwood in Umguza, Matabeleland North, at about 7PM on November 28 when he allegedly observed Earnest Muleya, who was on guard duties at the property, staggering.
Suspecting the 38-year-old was drunk, Mazithulela demanded that Muleya hands over his AK47 assault rifle which he was carrying.
Instead of handing over the rifle, Muleya cocked it and pointed it at Mazithulela who ran and took cover behind his vehicle before making a dash for his house where he barricaded himself inside, Bulawayo magistrate Shepherd Mjanja heard.
Prosecuting, Terrence Chakabuda said Mazithulela called the CIO’s regional headquarters at Magnet House in Bulawayo and agents were dispatched to the farm.
They disarmed and arrested Muleya, who was not asked to plead to a charge of pointing a firearm.
Mjanja remanded Muleya to Thursday for his bail application.
Mazithulela, the former vice chancellor of the National University of Science and Technology, was appointed as CIO deputy director general in January this year. – ZimLive ■