Siaya Senator James Orengo has dismissed reports on ongoing talks between ODM Leader Raila Odinga and Deputy President William Ruto ahead of the 2022 general election.

Speaking on Sunday, Senator Orengo termed the reports as mere speculation.

According to Orengo who is a close ally of Odinga, the former Prime Minister’s focus is on the BBI Constitutional Amendment push which came as a result of his handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Orengo further noted that the relationship between Uhuru and Raila is stronger than ever, adding that both are committed to the BBI process.

“I want to say those who are reading between the lines are reading it wrongly, they are speculating, they are posturing in terms of what will emerge in terms of political alliances…That handshake and BBI is not supposed to enthrone leaders into positions of leadership… I hope that those who are speculating at some point they will come back to the real concrete issue and look back at this unity between Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta,” Orengo said.

Meanwhile, media reports have in the past week indicated that Odinga and Ruto are in talks over a possible alliance in 2022.

Last week, ODM Deputy Party Leader Governor Wycliffe Oparanya met DP Ruto with reports indicating that their meeting was centered on 2022 politics.