Police have confirmed that the remains of the deceased Commissioner of Police (CP) Christine Alalo will arrive in Uganda within a period of six months.
CP Alalo was among the 175 passengers who died in an Ethiopian Airlines crash six minutes after taking-off from Addis Ababa earlier this month.
According to Police spokesperson Fred Enanga, due to the many processes to be considered in identifying her remains, it might take a while before they are returned for proper burial as her relatives had wanted.
One of the processes involved flying to Ethiopia the late’s children and elder brother, James Gregory Okello for Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) tests to help identify her remains.
They returned last week.
Okello, the Academic Registrar Soroti University, said there are so many samples to be tested.
“When we reached the crash scene, we realized that the plane had sunk 30 meters into the ground and at the same time burst into flames. Every passenger was burnt beyond recognition and their bodies fragmented,” said Okello.
He added “Everywhere we looked were pieces of burnt human flesh. They have lined up over 1,500 body parts to be tested and this is a hard task. However, we are very sure within this period the experts in Ethiopia would have identified the remains of my sister.”
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday April, 26 at All Saints Church Nakesero starting at 10:00am then after the vigil at her home in Seeta.
“We are doing this to celebrate the life our fallen officer as we wait for her remains to be identified,” said Enanga.
CP Alalo, at the time of her death was serving as the Acting Police Commissioner African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). She was due to end her tour of duty in June this year.
Enanga added “She joined the police as a cadet/ ASP on August 18, 2001, and served in various capacities of command. She was a highly respected member of the force who loved her job and I can ably say that she has set a level for many officers to follow and pray that God comforts her family until we receive her remains for burial.”
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