SOMALIA - The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) is observing three days of mourning in honour of the late Acting Police Commissioner Christine Alalo, who was killed in an Ethiopian Airlines flight on Sunday.
Flight ET 302 went down just outside the capital Addis Ababa six minutes after takeoff, killing all the 157 people on board.
AMISOM staff and their counterparts from the UN and other partners gathered Thursday evening at the AMISOM headquarters in Mogadishu to sign a condolence book in her honour. Here, the AU Special Representative for Somalia and Head of AMISOM, Francisco Caetano Madeira, declared three days of mourning in Alalo’s memory.
All African Union flags will also fly at half-mast as the world mourns Commissioner Alalo and other victims of the crash.
Amb. Madeira described the late Commissioner of Police as an open and meticulous officer, in her method of work, and meetings with AMISOM partners, which he added is essential in ensuring continuity of the mission’s work.
“She was like a soldier who knew that any time [she] could fall, because the endeavor was dangerous. So she ensured that everybody knew the important things that have to be done,” he told staff.
AMISOM will Friday hold a night-long vigil in recognition of Alalo’s contribution to the AU Mission and her outstanding leadership at the helm of the AU Police.
On Saturday, the mission will hold an inter-denominational funeral service in her honour.
Alalo joined AMISOM in June 2015 as Deputy Police Commissioner, a position she held until November 2017, when she took over the leadership of AMISOM Police in an acting capacity.
She was instrumental in providing guidance and leadership in the transformation of the Somali Police Force into a reliable and professional outfit, while preparing the force for the eventual takeover of policing responsibility from AMISOM.
Alalo died while en-route from Italy, where she had attended a conference.
Meanwhile, the Uganda police on Thursday dispatched a team to Addis-Ababa to purposely assist in the effective identification and recovery of Alalo’s remains.
Police dispatches Team to Ethiopia pic.twitter.com/mqnwpVEkPx— Uganda Police Force (@PoliceUg) March 14, 2019