Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has said the judiciary has stopped playing “God” and judges and magistrates are no longer aloof.
Mutunga said the increasing criticism over malpractices involving some judges and magistrates is healthy and welcome for development of the institution.
“The judiciary accepts criticism from all quarters,” he said.
The judiciary has recently been on the receiving end on allegations of corruption and even Mutunga during annual judges conference in Mombasa admitted that the vice has returned after vetting of judges and magistrates.
Mutunga spoke on Wednesday during the launch of graduate programme, by partnership for African social and governance research to be taught in selected African universities.
Master of Research and Public Policy is a new graduate programme designed and implemented by 16 universities through a collaborative process.
The universities offering the programme include Makerere (Uganda), Maseno and Egerton (Kenya) and universities in Botswana, Ghana, Cape town, Mozambique and Ibadan .
The two year programme is supported by Partnership for African Social and Governance Research .
The Pan- African organisation is based in Nairobi.
The MRPP combines social science research training with public policy and is suitable to those who want to be researchers and future academics and policy practitioners.
Mutunga said the programme comes at the time the African continent requires critical masses and people of integrity to synergise research and policy for development.
The programme provides for the development of competencies in research and public policy would generate a cadre of professionals able to work in a wide variety of settings.