Rogue engineer Silas Nyambok an employee of the ministry of Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development has been accused of misusing his office, soliciting heavy kickbacks from contractors after winning government tenders.
The middle-aged engineer who is based in Cianda House located in Koinange stree in the Nairobi’s Central Business District is said to be a man of means, well protected and has perfected the art of robbing from both the government and the vulnerable contractors through his dubious deals.
It is said Nyambok does not care whether his greedy actions is causing death, human pain or not. His latest victim, a widow who lost her husband out of pressure exerted by the demands of kickbacks from this rogue engineer.
Those in the know said that the woman, and her late husband, were co-directors of a construction company that had won a tender for the construction of Isebania Bus Park in Migori county.
“In the long list of his victims is the contractor at Ogembo Bus Park who was baffled after Nyambok bluntly allegedly insisted on a 50:50 sharing of payments while in Eldoret, a retired engineer had to threaten the man with curses after he attempted to defraud him.” A source revealed.
Adding, Nyambok was humiliated when the saved contractor publicly threatened to curse him in protest of his unreasonable demands for bribes for the work on Eldoret town foot paths.
Nyambok boasts of high connections and protection from the Infrastructure PS Charles Hinga.
Not long ago he allegedly seized a vehicle, Nissan Navara from a Somali contractor who had defaulted on his kickback agreement with the officer after winning construction work for the Bungoma bus park. It is claimed that Nyambok has obtained several vehicles from contractors under his supervision including Nissan Hardbody KCD 114Z, Nissan Hardbody KBR, Tata lorry, Isuzu Double cabin and Ford Ranger KBH 836Q.
Nyambok is not just seizing vehicles from his victims, it is said that he is forcing some of them to buy him properties, some of which are in Athi River and Kisumu. The latest property suspected to be fruits of corruption money is a four-storey flat christened Treasure Apartment, containing 42 units in Migosi, Kisumu.
His close associates describe him as a common face within the court corridors due to unending land grabbing cases with money, stashed in his pockets for buying witnesses. While executing his dirty deals Nyambok introduces himself as a senior government officer from the ministry of Infrastructure representing the PS, to intimidate his unsuspecting victims.
“He is a feared man based on his boastful nature and self-declared close connection with top officers at the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission, DCI and senior officials at Cianda House Nairobi.” A source said.
According to his accusers, Nyambok used his powers at the ministry to influence several contracts in favour of his wife’s company, Nyakwesi Enterprises. Some of the projects in question have been listed as Korokocho slum projects, Sirisia hall and stadium and Oyugis Bus Park.
Most of the works contracted are being done by SBI but Nyambok through proxy company in the name of his wife has allegedly claimed millions of shillings.
Questions are now being asked how the officer said to be earning Sh70,000 has managed to miraculously acquire all the wealth despite the fact that he is not in any known business. A scrutiny of all the projects under his supervision reveals delayed work completions purely due to sabotage.
His helpless victims are appealing to the relevant investigative authorities to rein in the man who has been dubiously minting millions of shillings from the contractors.