The Patriotic Front Eastern Province executive committee says all party members who opted to stand as independent candidates after being left out in the adoptions for the July 26 council chairperson elections will be disciplined.
PF provincial chairperson Andrew Lubusha said the ailing members would be suspended from the ruling party and would only be pardoned after three years.
Lubusha labeled PF members who contested on independent ticket as traitors adding that they do not stand a chance of being adopted by the PF in 2021.
He said PF would uphold discipline as one of its core values.
Lubusha said the party would take disciplinary measures against party officials and councilors who misbehaved in Lumezi in the running up to the July 26 council chairperson election.
Recently during his campaigns in the province, President Lungu indicated that the party would not work with independent candidates.
Some independent candidates in Eastern Province were supporting President Lungu but opted to go independent after they were left in the adoption.