Now why would Frank add the job of Minister of Finance to his many “responsibilities”? After all, he is Minister for Fijian Affairs, as well. Apart from the fact that no-one with any brains would want to be associated with such an incompetent illegal government, there a few possibilities.
The obvious reason is so that the next time Frank wants approval to take accumulated leave as cash, he can grant approval directly, no need to go through the charade of asking someone else. Now that’s efficiency for you.
And, as Minister for a half a dozen things as well as Commander, he will no doubt allow himself to have leave entitlements for each of them, which he then won’t use, but take as cash.
Another reason why Frank has to take the reins at Finance is to ensure he can meet commitments he has no doubt made to Chodopu$$ about taking care of Chodo’s interests. We can be sure that Chodopu$$ would have extracted such a bargain from Frank. Too many people at FIRCA know too much to leave that stack of dynamite unguarded.
But Frank is a fool if he believes that the parting will remain amicable. Chaudhry will soon turn on the Illegal Regime. He’s not going to gather votes by trying to sell the achievements of the incompetent illegal government.
Chaudhry and Frank remind me of an old story, sometimes told about a scorpion and a frog or, the version more appropriate here, a snake and a dog: a snake begged to be taken across a river by a dog. The dog said, “But you will bite me and your poison will make me die.”
The snake promised not to fang him and finally convinced the dog. As the dog swam across with the snake around its neck, the snake tanged him. “Why did you bite me when you promised not to?” The snake replied, “You knew what I was before you took me.”
Frank the dumb dog will realize the truth of this one day.