The legislators led by Mr Ismail Jussa Ladu successfully asked the speaker to allow a debate on the motion, which affects their 2010 resolution to demand that EEZ be removed from the list of union matters.
Tanzania Minister for Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development, Prof Anna Tibaijuka said last Tuesday that her ministry was requesting for the extension of an area named Extended Continental Shelf (ECS), 150 miles beyond the current 200 miles of EEZ.
She was quoted as saying that the government had decided to claim the area because it is of strategic economic interest to the country, as it may contain resources such as oil, gas and other minerals.
Mr Ali Juma Shamuhuna, Zanzibar Minister of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development informed Zanzibar House of Representatives yesterday that he was involved in the process and one of his assistants was included in a Tanzania delegation to submit the request to UN.
But some legislators were not happy with answers, prompting the second vice-president ambassador Seif Ali Iddi to promise that Zanzibar Revolutionary Council (cabinet) would discuss the issue in its next meeting. "We will discuss the impact of Tanzania's request for extension of EEZ on Zanzibar matter," Ambassador Seif said