The day was June 4th 1979 and The Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC) had become the government of Ghana, a position they’d hold from that day to September 24, 1979. The AFRC came to power in a bloody coup that removed the Supreme Military Council, another military regime, from power. The June 4 coup was preceded by an abortive attempt on May 15, 1979 when Flt. Lt. Jerry Rawlings and other ranks were arrested. Their trial only served to make them popular till they were eventually released on the morning of June 4 by young officers and noncommissioned officers inspired by Rawlings.
The regime started a ‘House cleaning’ exercise against corruption. Three former military leaders of Ghana, Lt. Gen. Afrifa, Gen. Acheampong and Lt. Gen. Akuffo were all executed together with five other senior officers deemed to have been corrupt by the special courts set up by the government. Numerous business entrepreneurs were also targeted and unlawfully had their assets confiscated by the AFRC government.
The AFRC allowed already scheduled elections to go ahead and handed over to the duly elected Dr. Hilla Limann of the People’s National Party who became the only president of the Third Republic of Ghana.
Ananse went back into history to interact with men of the AFRC, take a few pictures and perhaps find out what was on Rawlings’ mind. Our run-away soldier returned with a special “time-capsule” snapshot.