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Google replaces Nairobi head in Mocality dispute

Mrs Arara:-Kimani.  Left  in shake-up.
Mrs Arara:-Kimani. Left in shake-up. 

The dispute between a Kenya-based online business directory firm —Mocality—and Google has led to a shake-up of the later’s executive team in Nairobi, with its head, Olga Arara-Kimani, set to be replaced.

Mrs Arara-Kimani, who has been country manager of Google Kenya over the past two years, is said to have quit on Thursday a day before the US conglomerate issued a statement that it had dealt with its staff responsible for the breach.

Mocality had on January 13 accused Google of misrepresentation by approaching its online clients with the promise of creating their Web sites at a cost of Sh20,000 and that it was working with the Kenyan firm, prompting apologies from executives at the US firm
“I can confirm I have left Google Kenya.

As the leader of the Kenya office I felt the buck stopped with me and I decided to leave,” said Mrs Arara-Kimani in a telephone interview with the Business Daily on Monday.