By Fred Kiva
Police have dispatched a team to Addis Ababa to help in identification and recovery of the body of Commissioner of Police Christine Alalo who perished in the Ethiopian Airlines flight crash on Sunday.
Alalo, the Acting Police Commissioner attached to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMSOM) is one of the 157 occupants that perished in the Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 that crashed moments after takeoff from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa as it headed to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Kenya.
Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga said in a statement on Thursday that the identification team dispatched to Addis Ababa is headed by Police Director of Health Services Dr Moses Byaruhanga.
“The team also comprises of Mr James Okello Gregory, a brother to the late(CP Christine Alalo) and Mr Alvin Asiimwe , the second son to the late,” Enanga said adding that the team will be joined in Addis Ababa tomorrow(Friday) by the deceased’s elder son Emmanuel Ahimbisibwe, who will be travelling from Canada.
“The sibling and sons will help in availing DNA samples, if necessary, to aid in finding a match to the body remains of the late, among those that could have been recovered,” the Police Spokesperson said.
According to Enanga, the team will be received in Addis Ababa by AIGP Rwego Xervir of Interpol African Union and will work closely with the Forensic experts tasked with identification and recovery of the bodies of the crash victims.
“Further burial plans and arrangements do await reports from the joint teams led by AIGP Exervir Rwego and AIGP Dr Moses Byaruhanga,” the police said.
The police had said on Monday that “the positive identification process and other protocols at the African Union” would probably cause a delay in the arrival of the officer’s body.