NCSA was established by Law N ° 26/2017 of 31/05/2017, to build knowledge and capacity in the field of information and communication technology, to protect the integrity and security of the nation, leading to economic and social development. NCSA is overseen by the Presidency.
Its responsibilities include advising the President of the Republic and other public and private sectors on strategies to protect Rwanda’s interests in the field of technology; to investigate and identify activities that have or may be detrimental to the national security of the site and to inform the relevant authorities of the information obtained from the investigation.
It also includes establishing measures to ensure the safety of all activities carried out using ICT and to perform other functions required by the President of the Republic.
In July 2020, President Paul Kagame promoted Colonel David Kamu Kanamugire to the rank of Colonel. Kanamugire has been the director of technology in the Ministry of Defense.
In the same meeting, Assistant Commissioner of Police Lynder Nkuranga was appointed as the Director-General of External Intelligence at the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS). This position in NISS has been occupied by Anaclet Kalibata. Nkuranga has been serving as the commissioner of protocol and co-operation in the Rwanda National Police, (RNP).
Under the law governing the powers, responsibilities, structure, and functioning of the National Service for Investigation and Security, the Directorate General of Investigation and Security Abroad is one of the main organs of NISS, as well as the General Directorate of Internal Security and Investigation, the Directorate General of Administration and Finance and the Directorate General of Immigration and Emigration.
NISS is generally responsible for conducting internal and external investigations and assessing immigration to protect and prevent threats to national security.
Lt Col Ngabo Francis was also appointed as CEO of Rwanda Space Agency, RSA. He has been working as the Director in charge of Spectrum and Numbering management at Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authorities, (RURA).
In May 2020, the Cabinet approved a draft law establishing RSA. It is a reminder of the progress Rwanda is making in the field of aerospace technology, as well as building on other common institutions such as ESRI Rwanda and the Institute of Science at the University of Rwanda.
Also, Rwanda has traditionally used aerospace technology to assist in imaging during census, land survey, and research. It is an activity that needs to continue to be empowered and expanded.
The center will also assist in agricultural planning, environmental protection, disaster preparedness, and urban planning through the use of satellite and imaging systems.
It is also the center that will develop programs that will enable Rwanda to have a foothold in the international arena. It will also support programs related to space and technology research, as well as programs related to the preparation and launch of spacecraft.
The agency will also monitor Rwanda’s cooperation with other countries in the field of climate.