Two members of the apostolic ‘white garment’ sect are at risk of losing their jobs after declining mandatory Covid-19 tests at Bakers Inn where they are currently employed. This comes shortly after the largest bread manufacturer in the country tested all of its employees following a Covid-19 scare.
Our chaosafrica established through online publication NewZimbabwe that the two Bakers Inn workers, who are members of the Johanne Marange church, refused to get tested for the highly infectious respiratory-related disease citing that their religious beliefs do not permit them. Johanne Marange church members have gained notoriety for rejecting conventional medicine practices in observance of religious laws.
Speaking to the publication, Federation of Food and Allied Workers Union of Zimbabwe (FFAWUZ) secretary-general Runesu Dzimiri, confirmed the development and revealed that although the two workers were still reporting for duty, their future was unknown. Dzimiri said,
At Bakers Inn, Shepperton, Graniteside, Harare, we noted that there are two workers who refused to obey lawful instructions.
This comes out when the employer was carrying out the rapid tests on all employees and these two employees indicated that they have religious beliefs since they fall under Johanne Marange church. I advised them that they might lose their jobs legally if they do not follow the recommended preventive measures against Covid-19.
However, the two are still at work and using hand sanitisers and wearing face masks. But the employer is preparing to take legal action against them after they declined to comply with Covid-19 regulations. It is critical to note that FFAWUZ is in support of these periodic inspections which are expected to be conducted across all regions in the country targeting our sector in the food industry.
This also follows a recent government directive to companies resuming operations during the national lockdown that they should conduct rapid tests on all employees as a preventative measure against the spread of the virus>chaosafrica