General Afrifa’s Mistake

In 1968 General Afrifa was installed as Ghana’s new head of state but he was overthrown three years later. He retired to his home village, Krobo, until 1979 when he was executed by Jerry Rawlings, along with all former military heads of state. During his retirement, General Afrifa rebuilt all the houses in Krobo and laid out streets, schools and a clinic. Unfortunately didn’t know the importance of latrines and built none. Over the years, Ashanti Development has been begged by the Queen Mother of Krobo to give her village latrines. She told us that because the streets were wide and the houses well-built, people thought the community were rich and could build their own – but they weren’t. Now finally, we have found a donor to sponsor sanitation in Krobo, and latrine-building is underway.

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