An intoxicated member of the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) allegedly pointed a gun at the deputy director-general of the State security agency, Gatsha Mazithulela.

It is reported that on Wednesday, Mazithulela was leaving his farm in Norwood in Umguza, Matabeleland North, at about 7 PM on November 28 when he allegedly observed that Earnest Muleya, who was on guard duties at the property was staggering.

Mazithulela got suspicious that the 38-year-old was drunk and demanded that Muleya hands over his AK47 assault rifle which he was carrying.

Muleya instead cocked it and pointed it at Mazithulela who allegedly ran and took cover behind his vehicle before making a dash for his house where he barricaded himself inside.

Bulawayo magistrate Shepherd Mjanja also heard that Mazithulela called the CIO’s regional headquarters at Magnet House in Bulawayo and agents were dispatched to the farm.

Prosecutor Terrence Chakabuda said the team disarmed and arrested Muleya, who was not asked to plead to a charge of pointing a firearm.

Magistrate Mjanja remanded Muleya to Thursday (today) 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.