PRESIDENT Mwanawasa was last night expected to meet Catholic bishops to discuss various issues with the controversy surrounding the Constitution-making process topping the agenda.
Zambia Episcopal Conference (ZEC) spokesperson, Paul Samasumo, and State House special assistant for Press and public relations, John Musukuma, confirmed separately yesterday.
Father Samasumo said many issues were tabled for discussion during the meeting but the Constitution was top of the agenda.
He said there was nothing strange about them paying a courtesy call or meeting the President to discuss issues concerning the nation, especially that this was not the first time they were meeting him.
Mr Musukuma said the meeting was set for State House and was closed to the media but promised that a joint statement would be issued later.
Last month, Mr Mwanawasa appealed to Zambians to trust the proposed Constitution Conference, saying citizens should remain engaged in the Constitution-making process.
Meanwhile, Mr Mwanawasa arrives in Solwezi today for a two-day tour of the North-Western Province that will see him commission Zengamina mini hydro power station in Mwinilunga.
According to the programme released by North-Western Province Deputy Permanent Secretary, Nkolola Hazemba, the President is expected at Solwezi airport around 09:15 hours.
After briefings at the presidential guesthouse, the President will depart around 10:00 hours for Lumwana where he will meet three local chiefs before being briefed by Lumwana Mining Company management.
In the afternoon, he will tour the mine, which on completion next year would become Africaâ€™s largest single copper mine.
After a three-hour tour, he will leave for Solwezi where he will spend a night. Tomorrow, the President will depart Solwezi for Kaleni in Mwinilunga at about 09:00 hours.
Â He will commission the Zengamina mini hydro power station at around 10:30 hours and later meet local chiefs.
After lunch, the President will fly back to Solwezi before connecting to Lusaka.