Police finally confirms Alalo’s death

After hours of denials and messages of assurance, the Police have at last confirmed that Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines plane crash claimed the life of Commissioner of Police (CP) Christine Alalo.

News of Alalo’s death in the plane crash first circulated on the social media on Sunday but the Police leadership were quick to refute the reports claiming that Alalo was not on the ill-fated plane.

They claimed to have been in touch with her, further claiming that she was travelling with Turkish Airlines from Italy.

It however emerged on Monday morning that Alalo was among the 157 people that died in the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash. Instead of taking a direct flight from Istanbul to Mogadishu, Alalo had opted to go through Nairobi for a connecting flight to the Somali capital where she worked as an Acting Commissioner of Police under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

“The IGP has shared the sad news with the immediate family members of the fallen officer, and created a task team headed by the Director Peace and Support operations AIGP Grace Turyagumanawe to coordinate with both the AU headquarters and Ethiopian Airlines to ensure that the remains of our officer are traced and transported to her family in Uganda for burial,” Police spokesman Fred Enanga said in a statement released on Monday afternoon.

The director of Police Health Services Moses Byaruhanga is scheduled to travel to Addis Ababa with an immediate family member of the deceased to support the identification process.

Alalo joined the Police Force in August 2001 as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP). She was later deployed to head the Police’s Child and Family protection unit before moving to Juba in South Sudan where she worked with UN mission in South Sudan and later to AMISOM.