Commissioner of Police Christine Alalo, serving under AMISOM has been confirmed dead following the Ethiopian Airlines jet crash. News of her death first emerged on Sunday afternoon but was refuted by Uganda Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga.
“The Police would like to inform the general public that the information circulating on social media that Commissioner of Police Christine Alalo, who is serving under the African Union as Deputy Police Commissioner is the sole Ugandan victim on the Ethiopian flight ET302, that crashed this morning (Sunday) killing all passengers and 8 crew members is still not confirmed,” Enanga said in a statement issued on Sunday evening.
“The Police will quickly share any information upon obtaining details from her duty station and or management of Ethiopian Airlines, who have not availed any details,” he added then.
This reporter could not readily speak to Enanga, as he could not pick repeated phone calls on Monday morning, however Simon Mulongo, Uganda’s Deputy Special representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia has confirmed that Alalo was aboard the ill-fated flight and she died. Mulongo revealed that Alalo had earlier before the crash communicated to her driver, instructing him to go and pick her up at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi at 10am.The ill-fated flight was scheduled to arrive at JKIA at 10:30am on Sunday.
The Ethiopian Airlines jet crashed shortly after take-off from Addis Ababa, killing all people on board.149 passengers and eight crew members were believed to be on flight ET302 from the Ethiopian capital to Nairobi in Kenya.
The crash happened at 08.44 local time, six minutes after the months-old Boeing 737 Max-8 took off.
Source: Kampala Post.