President Emmerson Mnangagwa has called on local authorities to be patriotic and professional in delivering their mandate.

President Mnangagwa said this when he addressed the first edition of the rural district councillors meeting held in Harare on Thursday saying the government has since approved new allowances and benefits for councillors.

He urged councillors to work professionally with passion and serve the rural populace which is the majority of the country’s population.

“I ask you to do your uttermost as elected councillors to work professionally, with patriotism, compassion and with love for your country and your people, let us be honest in all our dealings,” said the President.

President Mnangagwa assured the councillors that from the last meeting in Victoria falls, he has fulfilled all the deliberations and promises made.

President Mnangagwa said the rural population must benefit from the natural resources found in their areas and firms seeking to invest especially in mining must not be given a permit unless they pay what is required by the local authority.

The President also spoke on the ongoing industrial action by medical doctors saying a few doctors are now known to be leading the job action with an evil intention which will not be tolerated.

On the continuous increase in the prices of basic commodities, President Mnangagwa said government is going to crack the whip and bad apples master minding the hikes will be exposed.