Thirdway Alliance Party leader Ekuru Aukot has blamed bribery, coercion and political sycophancy as the main reasons for the rejection of his referendum initiative, the Punguza Mizigo Bill.
At the same time, Mr Aukot appeared to reveal that his next battleground could be the corridors of justice, where he would be challenging the grounds advanced for the rejection of the Bill.
He said the opposition the referendum drive faces is because of selfish political interests and ethnic mobilisations advanced by politicians afraid of changes the initiative might herald.
He claimed that ward representatives have reported being bribed to reject the Bill, while some have been threatened that they would be de-whipped if they do not tow the party line.
Mr Aukot stated that distortion, lies and selfish political ambitions have clouded the approval of the initiative.
He added that the counties have given simplistic reasons based on technicalities and parties’ leadership interests and not on the views of those they represent.