Minister of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security, Albert Kawana says that Nampol will no longer fill vacant positions in the Gender-Based Violence Protection Unit because the funds have been redirected to the fight against COVID-19. In an interview with the Namibia press agency Kawana said due to the pandemic government had to prioritise public health, thus some of the available funds have been redirected to procuring medical equipment and vaccines. He however did not reveal how much had initially been budgeted for the recruitment of police officers. He also called on Namibians to put their political differences aside and unite in the fight against the virus.