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From grace to grass: Presidents who went from been leaders to Prisoners

There isn't any doubt that the level of political leadership is indeed low in many countries round the globe, most leaders of emerging countries are corrupt and useless, with some being notoriously detrimental.
Going by Transparency International definition of corruption defined as “an abuse of entrusted power for personal gain” (TI, 2008), and these include bribery, extortion, cronyism, nepotism, parochialism, patronage, influence peddling, graft, and embezzlement.

This article will look at two great leaders of modern age who got burned by corruption leading to their fall from grace to grace.

Our first candidate here is Mr. Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva of Brazil who ruled from 2003 to 2011 and is the first former Brazilian president to be remanded in custody since democracy was restored in the mid-1980's and the first former president to have been convicted of corruption.

What came about it?

JAILED Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva 
The Lula’s saga started out in 2014, with the launch of a large bribery scandal investigation code named “Operation Car Wash” in Brazil, a judicial inquiry into the misuse of money from state oil company Petrobras.
Federal judge Sergio Moro uncovered a “complicated scheme wherein construction groups allegedly bribed Petrobras executives to get contracts,” writes Anthony Pereira of King’s College London. “These contracts were said to be later inflated in order to allocate kickbacks for politicians and political parties.

Following him closely marching to prison is Park Geun-hye 64, the eleventh President
Park Geun-hye, disgraced former President of South Korea 
of South Korea and daughter of assassinated dictator Park Chung-hee . Park ruled from 2013 to 2017and is the first woman to be elected as President in South Korea.
From an ordeal that lasted more than 10 months and ended with Park being pleading guilty on multiple criminal charges, including bribery and abuse of power. She was jailed 24 years for corruption and fined Sh18 billion in a dramatic fall from grace.

What came about it?

Around October 2016 revelations emerged, that President Park Geun-hye's aide, Choi Soon-sil, who never any official position in her government used her role as parks close friend to solicit for donations of cash from numerous business conglomerates such as Samsung, Hyundai, SK Group and Lotte.
This was  revealed  when Park's unofficial clothier Ko Young-tae showed evidence to the media of the nature of Park and Choi's relationship than further suggested Choi's has unrestricted access to Park's private and work lifestyles, and Choi was stated to have interfered with the regulations of the Park authorities and editing Park's presidential speeches.
Further investigations also suggested that Choi and President Park's senior assistant notable  Ahn Jong-bum and Jeong Ho-sung, have allegedly used their influence to extort ₩77.4 billion($60 million) from Korean family-owned big commercial conglomerates and used the proceed to set up  sports-associated foundations, Mir and K-sports activities foundations.

As noted above these leaders used powers of government for illegitimate private gain an illegal act by any officeholder within their respective countries and they’re now facing the music. Hope upcoming leaders learn from these and desist from committing this horrible act that could lead a nation to destruction

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