Uganda Police Force has said it can not confirm the identity of the Ugandan who was aboard the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines flight that crashed after take off from Addis Ababa on Sunday.
Reports indicated that Commissioner of Police, Christine Alalo was on the flight, a claim police say is yet to be substantiated.
“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, ET 302, that crashed this morning killing all passengers and 8 crew members, is still not confirmed,” said police spokesperson Fred Enanga on Sunday night.
Several countries have since known the identities of their citizens who perished in the plane crash.
It remains unclear why Ugandan authorities are yet to obtain particulars of the deceased from the Ethiopian government.
Enanga said police were aware the senior officer traveled to Italy and was scheduled to return to her duty station in Somalia today.
“The Director Peace Support Operations, who coordinates all Peace keeping activities, is in touch with our Liaison Officers in Nairobi, Kenya, and in Somalia; and is yet to obtain any information surrounding the status of our Senior Officer, through the Office of the Senior Resident Commissioner, AMISOM,” said Enanga.
The aircraft, a Boeing 737-800MAX, one of the latest additions on the airline’s fleet was heading to the Kenyan capital Nairobi, when it plummeted, and killed all 157 people on board.
Enanga said Police will quickly share any information upon obtaining details from either her duty station and or the management of Ethiopian Airlines, who have not availed any details.
“We continue to pray and hope for good news and kindly request the public and in particular her family to remain calm as we wait for any new developments,” he said.
President Museveni today sent “heartfelt prayers and condolences to all those affected by this tragedy.”
The aircraft, according to Ethiopian Airline, took off at 08:38 am local time from Addis Ababa, Bole International Airport and lost contact at 08:44am.
Officials of the Ethiopian Airlines led by their CEO, Tewelde GabreMariam were immediately dispatched to the accident scene and passenger information center has been established.
The 157 victims were from 33 countries, with majority coming from Kenya, according to the official reports.
The list issued about four hours after the incident, indicated that there were 32 Kenyans; 18 Canadians; 9 Ethiopians; 8 Chinese; 8 Americans (United States); 8 Italians; 7 French, 7 Briton; 6 Egyptians and 5 Dutch.
Others included 4 Indians, 4 Slovakian, 3 Russians, 2 Israelis, 2 Moroccans, 1 Irish, 1 Ugandan, 1 South Sudanese and others.