President Edgar Lungu has called for the restoration of discipline within the ruling party as lack of it is having a negative effect on its image.
President Lungu says the current levels of indiscipline in the ruling PF is worrying adding that failure to restore order will make the party unpopular at the grassroots.
The President said this when he addressed party officials at Buchi hall in Kitwe drawn from Kitwe based constituencies.
He said observing discipline is the only way the party will grow and attract more members.
And President Lungu has urged members to desist from using social media to insult senior party officials and fellow party members.
He said the party will not hesitate to take disciplinary action against any erring members found wanting.
The Head of State also advised PF members to be tolerant with each other and find ways of reconciling their differences.
He said this is a time of increasing membership and not depleting the numbers.
Meanwhile, President Lungu has urged independent members of parliament who want to work with the PF to embrace grassroots structures as it is impossible to love the top leadership while neglecting the ordinary members.
Earlier Party Secretary General Davies Mwila said Kitwe is key to ensuring the PF retains power in 2021 because it has more voters than any other town on the Copperbelt.
The meeting was attended by senior party officials who included Copperbelt based PF members of parliament except embattled Roan Constituency MP Chishimba Kambwili.