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PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe does not make empty threats and will snuff out so-called weevils destroying the ruling Zanu PF party from within, Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa said Wednesday.

Mugabe last month angrily complained about party leaders working with Zanu PF enemies to destroy the party from within in remarks that were seen as targeted at information minister Jonathan Moyo.

Speaking at the funeral of former cabinet minister Nathan Shamuyarira, Mugabe accused Moyo of using his control of the State media to set party leaders against each other.

Although rivals in the deeply divided ruling party gleefully thought the verbal salvo would lead to Moyo’s exit from the party and government, the minister has retained his job although he is keeping a conspicuously low profile.

Opposition MDC-T legislator Nelson Chamisa, brought Mugabe’s rant up in Parliament Wednesday asking Mnangagwa whether the ageing leader was now all bark and no bite.

“I can assure you the president does not make light statements,” replied Mnangagwa.

“I am sure his excellence the president if he discovers them (weevils) he will always remove them. I have no doubt that the honourable member knows that the president as the head of state will not make a statement which is empty.”

Chamisa also asked Mnangagwa whether top government officials said to be linked to the Facebook character Baba Jukwa would be arrested but the minister said this was a matter for the police.

“We cannot as the executive influence the police to arrest or not to arrest it is up to them to determine whether there is a prima facie case for them to proceed to arrest or not to arrest,” Mnangagwa said.

“The Honourable Member, as a former minister, should remember how the Executive works. He is asking the Minister of Justice whether some people will be arrested. We do not instruct the police to arrest people.

“It is up to the police to take action when they believe it has to be taken and when they do so they take the matter to the judiciary and not to the Executive.”

Source : New Zimbabwe