Don’t envy those growing in wealth from tenders – just as you wouldn’t a burglar!

A kickback is a form of negotiated bribery in which a commission is paid to the bribe-taker in exchange for services rendered. Generally speaking, the remuneration (money, goods, or services handed over) is negotiated ahead of time.

The kickback varies from other kinds of bribes in that there is implied collusion between agents of the two parties, rather than one party extorting the bribe from the other. The purpose of the kickback is usually to encourage the other party to cooperate in the illegal scheme.

The term “kickback” comes from colloquial English language, and describes the way a recipient of illegal gain “kicks back” a portion of it to another person for that person’s assistance in obtaining it.

Kickbacks are one of the most common forms of government corruption. In some cases, the kickback takes the form of a “cut of the action,” and can be so well-known as to be common knowledge—and even become part of a nation’s culture. However, kickbacks differ from other forms of corruption, such as diversion of assets, as in embezzlement, because of the collusion between two parties.

When we as a society condone or gloss-over the achievements of those benefiting from kickbacks we are indirectly giving our consent. Would we as a society condone theft? Then why are we allowing those benefitting of the public funds to unjustly enrich themselves.

Therefore when you see those benefiting from tenders begotten from kickbacks parading the spoils of their plunder – do not envy! Similarly as you would not envy a burglar for boasting their robbery – so as a society we must call theft as theft! These are bad role-models and children should be warned against such practices- least we become a spineless nation for calling good, evil and evil, good!

Kickback schemes can be pervasive. For example, in the United States, companies providing medical services to Medicare patients were paying doctors to send patients to them, whether the patient needed the treatment, diagnosis, or test or not. In 1987, the United States Congress passed the stringent Anti-Kickback Act to prevent such schemes.

Report Kickbacks
Corruption hotline. 0800 023 456. (toll-free from landlines)
Report via WhatsApp. 072 – 013 5569. Add this number to your address book as “Corruption Watch” and then start a new chat.
Call-back service. SMS “callme” to 44 666.

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sources: Albrecht, W. Steve; Albrecht, Conan C.; Albrecht, Chad O.; and Zimbelman, Mark F. Fraud Examination. Mason, Ohio: Cengage Learning, 2012. Buchbinder, Sharon B. and Shanks, Nancy H. Introduction to Health Care Management. Boston: Jones & Bartlett, 2007.

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