Battle to halt corruption in Africa ebbs

by Celia W. Dugger

Above, a hand-painted anticorruption sign in Lusaka, Zambia. Agencies investigating wrongdoing by powerful politicians have been undermined or disbanded and their leaders have been dismissed, threatened with death and driven into exile. Photo: Mariella Furrer/New York Times

LUSAKA, Zambia — The fight against corruption in Africa’s most pivotal nations is faltering as public agencies investigating wrongdoing by powerful politicians have been undermined or disbanded and officials leading the charge have been dismissed, subjected to death threats and driven into exile.