Something very unexpected happened in a Kenyan court-room on the 26th June 2019. A fossil fuel mega-project, which has the political and financial backing of China, was refused a key permit and now lacks a necessary licence for construction to begin. The first coal plant for East Africa has now been held up and it shows that China’s projection of coal infrastructure in Africa faces significant local opposition, and it may be a sign of more to come.
The proposed project is from Amu Power, which hopes to build a 1050 Megawatt coal plant in Kwasasi, Lamu County. The proposed