It has been confirmed that Commissioner of Police Christine Alalo is among the 157 people who died in the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash on Sunday.
Shortly after the incident yesterday, death reports made rounds on social media that Alalo was on board by the time of the accident but the claims were watered down by Asan Kasingye, the Police Chief Political Commissar.
He said the reports were fake citing that she had boarded Turkish Airlines.
Later in the evening, Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga issued a statement saying they have not yet confirmed Alalo’s death.
However, Simon Mulongo, Uganda’s Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia (AMISOM) has confirmed that indeed Alalo was on board and that she lost her life in the tragedy.
According to Mulongo, she had earlier communicated with her driver and instructed him to pick her up from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi at 10am since the plane was scheduled to arrive at 10:30 am.
Alalo was attached to AMISOM in Somalia.
The Ethiopian Airlines flight ET 302, on its way to Nairobi from Addis Ababa, crashed six minutes after take-off. It ploughed into a field near Tulu Fara village outside the town of Bishoftu, some 60km (40 miles) southeast of the Ethiopian capital.