ZANZIBAR should join the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) else the union government should compensate for what the isles is losing for not joining it. Debating the Chief Minister's budget estimates, some representatives noted that it was high time the government made a decision. "We are tired of words, we need action. Over 15 years since the union government promised to join the OIC, nothing has happened. Zanzibar government must stand firm," Hamad Masoud Hamad (CUF- Ole) said. He said there were no sound reasons for barring Zanzibar or Tanzania from joining the OIC, basically for economic interests, rather than religious. "Mozambique and Uganda joined the OIC and are benefiting. Why is the union government hesitant?" he quizzed. Mr Ramadhani Nyonje Pandu (CCM- Muyuni) demanded an explanation from the Chief Minister as to when oil and natural gas would be deleted from the list of union matters. "We do not need any further negotiations since President Jakaya Kikwete directed respective authorities to resolve the matter. You (Chief Minister) have written to the Prime Minister, and President Kikwete has no problem with Zanzibar's demands for oil and natural gas. There are delaying tactics going on in the mainland," he added. Meanwhile, Mr Ali Haji Ali (CCM- Mkwajuni) has demanded that the Zanzibar President be reinstated as the Union Vice-President to strengthen the union. "It is high time Zanzibar president became a permanent vice-president of the union, there is nothing wrong with it." Zanzibar president was the union vice- president from when Tanganyika merged with Zanzibar in 1964. However, when the multi-party democracy was re-introduced, the system was constitutionally abolished. The representative also was of the opinion that time had come for dual citizenship, increased democracy and boosting economy through contribution from the Diaspora. Hivi faida za kujiunga na OIC ni zipi? I mean, Zanzibar ikijiunga na OIC itapata faida ya Shilingi ngapi, na ni hasara ya shilingi ngapi itakayodaiwa na Zanzibar kama fidia kwa kutokuwa au kuzuiwa kuwa mwanachama wa IOC?