A businesswoman was yesterday arraigned in Makindu law courts and charged with swindling customers for selling a 2kg packet at Sh140 instead of the government recommended Sh90.

Jacinta Mwikali, who operates a shop in Kiboko market along Mombasa-Nairobi Highway in Makueni County, was arrested on Saturday following an operation conducted by the Makindu Assistant County Commissioner (ACC) Auma Anyumba with the help of area Chiefs.

The court heard from the state counsel that the accused had committed an offence by selling an essential commodity at a higher price contrary to essential goods act No.26 of 2011 section 5.

Appearing before Senior Resident Magistrate David Ndungi, Mwikali was released on a heavy bond of Sh500,000 and a surety of the same amount.