Kingsford Dibela

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Sir Kingsford Dibela, GCMG (16 March 1932 – 22 March 2002) was the third Governor-General of Papua New Guinea in 1983 to 1989. He was also the second speaker of the PNG National Parliament from 9 August 1977 to 14 March 1980.

Born in the Dogura area of mainland Milne Bay Province, he was a member of the Wedau people. He was employed as a primary school teacher beginning in 1949 until his election to the presidency of the Weraura Local Government Council in 1963. He was first elected to Parliament in 1975, and served as Speaker of that body from 1977 through 1980. He was named Governor-General of Papua New Guinea on March 1, 1983, and served in that position until his resignation on February 27, 1990. Dibela died on 22 March 2002.


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Government offices
Preceded by
Tore Lokoloko
Governor-General of Papua New Guinea
Succeeded by
Sir Ignatius Kilage