Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda Police have finally confirmed the death of Commissioner of Police, Christine Alalo.
The deceased officer was one of the 147 passengers aboard Ethiopian Airline flight ET 302, which crashed on Sunday shortly after taking off from Bole International Airport in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa.
In a statement issued on Monday afternoon, Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga, says Alalo was returning from Italy to Mogadishu in Somalia where she has been serving as acting Police Commissioner under the African Union Mission-AMISOM.
“The Inspector General of Police has shared the sad news with the immediate family members of the fallen officer, and created a task force headed by the Director Peace Support Operations-AIGP, Grace Turyagumanawe to coordinate with both, the AU Headquarters and Ethiopian airlines to ensure the remains of our officer are traced and transported to her family in Uganda for burial,” reads the statement.
He however, notes that the relatives have been notified that the positive identification process and other protocols at the African Union will probably cause delays in the repatriation of the body.
“The Director Police Health Services is expected to travel in advance with an immediate family member to Addis Ababa to support the identification process,” he said. According to Enanga, Alalo’s tour of duty in Somalia was supposed to end in June this year.
She joined Uganda Police Force as a cadet on August 18, 2001 and went on to serve in various command positions. She is survived by two children identified as Emmanuel and Alvin.