By Ahura Mujuni Mark
An area measuring to over three hectares has remained a mystery to Mpigi residents for quite a long time. The forested land is inhabited by a few people who speak their own language not known by any other person in the neighborhoods. The families inside the forest are only known to themselves, no one from within is known by other people in Mpigi district.Mpigi residents call this area a ‘New Earth’
Special about the ‘New Earth’
The New earth comprise of normal family settings, with men as family heads and mothers as overseers of well-being’s family members. All houses are built with timber throughout .The writer did not notice any house with an iron sheet; and it was strange!
Children play around and assist in home chores on a daily basis with utmost allegiance to any elder around .Unfortunately; they do not go to school. As other children run to school each morning, especially now that the year is starting, these children do not know anything to do with education. They remain at home, throughout and perhaps grow into adults.
During a tip off from the residents this month, district heads stormed the place, with some, a bit terrified of what these strange people could do to them. “Do they have guns, spears for protection? “ One of the residents asked as the Prince of Buganda Kingdom David Mawanda headed to the New Earth last week.
Prince Mawanda together after completing his fact finding mission discovered that these residents of the new earth have been cutting down trees illegally and asked them to stop. He said that the forest which had a few squatters at the beginning now has numerous people who are degrading the environment .
There is no road which heads to this strange place nor any linking the inhabitants to the rest of other places.
Fred Bamwine, the resident district commissioner of Mpigi gave a religious approach towards this mystery ,
“God created once and finished, the new earth talked about by the bible is in heaven” He said
“No one should call this place the New Earth anymore” He warned
The new earth talked about in the bible is one where the righteous men will live after the sinners have been cast into the lake of fire. It is mentioned in the Revelations ,the last book in the Christian Bible.
“And I saw the new heaven and the new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the Holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people and God Himself shall be with them and be their God” (Revelations 21 1-3)