A landmark monument on Biharwe Hill in commemoration of the “Biharwe Eclipse”, which was believed by astronomers and historians to have taken place in the year 1520 AD, will be inaugurated.
This will be done in Mbarara at Igongo Country Hotel by President Yoweri Museveni this Saturday.
As the only scientifically dated event in the early history of the Great Lakes Region, the eclipse, which was approved in the folktales of Bunyoro, Buganda and Nkore, became the key benchmark that was used by historians to determine royal ancestors of those kingdoms.
The President was invited and accepted to inaugurate and unveil the official monument to mark the site as he also officially opens the recently completed Igongo Country Hotel located across Biharwe Hill.
The hotel, a brainchild of cultural enthusiast and Chairman of Uganda Tourism Board, Mr. James Tumusiime has to date become one of the most visited tourist destinations in Mbarara by locals and international visitors, with a key highlight being the Eriijukiro (the museum of Southwestern Uganda) which is packed with historical information and artifacts from the Nkore and Kigezi areas.
The occasion is expected to attract many local and national leaders, cultural enthusiasts and academicians.
On November 3, last year, the country witnessed a total solar eclipse also known as the Hybrid eclipse. President Yoweri Museveni was hosted as the chief viewer in Pakwach town Nebbi district.